Mikel Arteta reveals what referee told him about Gabriel Martinelli disallowed goal vs Manchester United

Mikel Arteta reveals what referee told him about Gabriel Martinelli disallowed goal vs Manchester United

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed what the referee told him after Gabriel Martinelli’s goal was disallowed against Manchester United.

Man United beat Arsenal 3-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday evening to extend their winning run to four games.

Antony opened the scoring in the first half, Bukayo Saka scored the equaliser but two goals from Marcus Rashford afterwards sealed what was Erik ten Hag’s fourth Premier League win this season so far.

Before Antony’s goal, Gabriel Martinelli scored the opener but his celebration was cut short after VAR reviewed the situation and cancelled the goal because Christian Eriksen was fouled in the buildup.

The centre referee Paul Tierney didn’t blow for a foul because it looked like a fair challenge but after a proper look at the on-pitch screen, he overturned his initial decision.

Arteta said the referee told him the challenge on Eriksen was ‘really soft’ and doesn’t think the goal should have been scrapped off.

“The referee said it was a really soft decision – we just ask for consistency, today we disallowed the goal again, there is nothing we can unfortunately do now,” Arteta told BBC.