Mikel Arteta reveals what referee told him about disallowed Arsenal goal

Mikel Arteta revealed referee Paul Tierney told him the decision to disallow Gabriel Martinelli’s first half goal against Manchester United was ‘soft’.

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The Gunners thought they had taken the lead at Old Trafford when Martin Odegaard pickpocketed Christian Eriksen and nudged the ball towards Bukayo Saka.

The Arsenal winger played a perfect through ball, set Martinelli away and the Brazilian forward clipped the ball over David de Gea and put his side into what he thought was a 12th advantage.

United’s players immediately remonstrated with Tierney and when the official was encouraged to watch the incident involving Odegaard and Eriksen on the pitch side monitor, the outcome was inevitable.

Revealing the details of his conversation with the match official afterwards, Arteta said: ‘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 now.’

Odegaard agreed with his manager’s assessment of the incident, adding: ‘In my opinion it’s never a foul.

‘I think the referee also sees it and he says play on.

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