Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard have criticized the decision to disallow Gabriel Martinelli’s goal in Arsenal’s defeat at Manchester United, but Roy Keane says he is ‘fed up with their excuses’.
Arsenal thought they had taken a 12th-minute lead when Martinelli finished superbly after being played by Bukayo Saka after Christian Eriksen was denied possession by Odegaard.
But the goal was disallowed after VAR Lee Mason advised referee Paul Tierney to check the pitchside monitor, where he ruled Eriksen had been fouled by the Arsenal captain during the preparation.
The Gunners then lost 3-1 at Old Trafford as their 100 per cent start to the season was over, but Arsenal boss Arteta said Martinelli’s decision was “difficult to accept”.
He said sky sports“It’s a lack of consistency. What’s soft? Last week, they [Aston Villa] has a goal when there is a foul on Aaron [Ramsdale]but it’s sweet and it’s not a fault.
“Then there is a penalty on Bukayo [Saka, by Tyrone Mings] but it’s soft and not a penalty. Today is a mistake.
“There were solid tackles and no yellow cards because the threshold is low because it’s a big game. It’s really hard to accept.”
Odegaard believes he challenged Eriksen fairly and the goal should have stood amid a weekend dominated by controversial VAR decisions.
“In my opinion, it’s never a foul,” said the Norwegian sky sports. “The referee sees it and continues to play.
“It’s a light challenge and for VAR to come in it has to be clear and obvious. It’s been said many times.
“On camera, you can always make things a little worse, but, for me, it was never a fault, so it’s frustrating.”
Keane: Arteta is a sore loser
Goals from Marcus Rashford and debutant Antony ended Arsenal’s winning start to the season, and former United midfielder Roy Keane was unimpressed with the Gunners’ complaints.
“I’m sick of all their excuses,” he said. sky sports. “Arteta is interviewed after the game, he’s a bad loser – and we all are. But he has to give Manchester United some credit and he never does.
“Every time they lose a game it’s because of what they didn’t do right or the officials, stop making excuses.
“You lost the game 3-1, you got the applause but I will take the points every day of the week.”
But comrade sky sports Specialist Paul Merson thinks the result would have been different if the Brazilian’s goal had been scored.
When asked if Martinelli’s disallowed goal would have changed the game, he said sky sports: “One hundred percent.
“Man United couldn’t have played better in the first 10 minutes, they controlled the game, passed the ball and moved on and if Arsenal went away and were 1-0 up you would have seen the reaction.
“Even though the goal was disallowed, you saw the next 20 or 30 minutes, Man United were in shock.”
PGMOL recognizes VAR calls to Chelsea and Newcastle as errors
Martinelli’s decision comes after the PGMOL refereeing body agreed that the VAR incidents at Chelsea and Newcastle on Saturday were errors, after the Premier League asked the referees council to investigate them.
Saturday’s action in the Premier League was marred by a series of decisions that were either overturned thanks to the intervention of VAR or not returned despite the presence of the review system, which infuriated the managers of several teams, unable to contain their feelings after the game.
After the Premier League called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding key decisions at Stamford Bridge and St James’ Park, Sky Sports News understands that the PGMOL believe mistakes were made in the incidents that disallowed the goals from West Ham and Newcastle.
In west London, West Ham were denied a late equalizer when Maxwel Cornet’s goal was scored after a VAR review ruled Jarrod Bowen had fouled Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy during the preparation.
Hammers midfielder Declan Rice later called it “one of the worst VAR decisions since entering the game”.
Meanwhile, in the North East, Newcastle had what would have been a winning goal disallowed for a foul by Joe Willock on Crystal Palace keeper Vicente Guaita – despite Tyrick Mitchell pushing Willock past Guaita.
Other incidents on Saturday include:
- Leeds did not receive a penalty for a tackle on Crysencio Summerville by Aaron Hickey in their loss at Brentford.
- Philippe Coutinho’s goal against Manchester City was disallowed after the assistant referee incorrectly signaled for offside, with VAR unable to overturn the decision as the whistle was blown before the ball had gone Between.
There were other flashpoints in the opening weeks of the season. Chelsea were the victim of an incorrect call last month, Mike Dean – who was on VAR duty at the time – later admitted he should have advised Spurs defender Cristian Romero a red card after pulling his hair of Marc Cucurella in a corner.
Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard slam VAR’s ‘soft’ decision to disallow Gabriel Martinelli’s goal in Man Utd loss