Ex-referee explains VAR decision as Martin Odegaard reveals ‘disappointment’
The latest Arsenal news from football.london on Tuesday morning including updates on VAR, Martin Odegaard and the defeat to Man Utd.
Martin Oedegaard of Arsenal applauds fans after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on September 04, 2022 in Manchester, England.
Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Tuesday, September 6.
VAR decision explained
Speaking during Sky Sports’ Ref Watch show, former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has explained why Gabriel Martinelli’s goal was disallowed for Arsenal against Manchester United.
Gallagher said: “I thought it was a foul during play and when the VAR checked it, I was quite confident they would overturn it and sent him to the monitor and he overturned it.
“I think once Paul Tierney goes to the monitor and sees that push and the lower body – he’s always going to give a foul. Also it’s very early in the attacking process when they got the ball and transferred very quickly so there was no time to reset.”
Martin Odegaard ‘disappointment’
Arsenal club captain Martin Odegaard has revealed the Gunners’ dressing room was “super disappointed” following their 3-1 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Arsenal captain said: “Everyone is super disappointed, we always play to win, we wanted to come here and get a result,” said Odegaard. “I feel like everyone feels like we should’ve got something out of the game. The game was there for us to take something, we’re all disappointed, the mood is a bit down but that’s how it is.
“The first and the second goal, we had the momentum of the game, we let them score two easy goals. It’s frustrating and annoying but yeah as I said we should’ve got something out of the game.”
Gabriel Jesus reaction
Gabriel Jesus says Arsenal must learn to kill off opponents after their run of five straight wins came to a halt against Manchester United yesterday, as per the Evening Standard.
The Brazilian striker said: “The feeling is frustration, because we control the game and were better than them,” said Jesus. “And then we just concede. But now is the time to learn from it and improve. We are doing so well this season, but there are still things to improve for everyone. Everyone is together and we stick together until the end, and that’s it.
“We came to play against a strong opponent and it’s always hard, it’s the Premier League. So we are not happy, because we played so much better [than United].
“But that’s football, if you don’t go there and kill, you are going to have a big problem — and that’s what happened.
“If you look at our team, you can see we are still young. It is the youngest team in the League, in the toughest league of the world. We are playing so good and then we play against an opponent, who is young as well, but we have to learn from it.
“We have to, like I said, stick together and improve as a team and don’t think about this one. This one is gone. We have to learn and then do better next time. We are playing so well, so good, but no one is perfect. No team in the world is perfect and we have to play to try to score and don’t concede.
“That’s football and we are doing this, but sometimes the opponent has quality as well. They come and they can score. I think now it is our challenge to improve a lot of things and come back strong.”