Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was not satisfied with the refereeing in the match with Manchester United (1:3). He criticized referee Paul Tierney for disallowing Gabriel Martinelli’s goal early in the match. The goal was then disallowed for a foul on Martin Jodegaard on Christian Eriksen in midfield after the situation was reviewed by VAR.
“I haven’t seen a replay of the situation, but I’m told it was a fairly light nudge. I don’t see consistency in the refereeing decisions. When there was a slight foul on Bukayo Saka by Tyrone Mings last week, no penalty was awarded. When there was a slight foul on “Aaron Ramsdale in the Aston Villa game and we conceded a goal, it was counted. So I don’t see permanence. But there’s nothing more to do, it’s too late,” said a disappointed Arteta.
He was also supported by Yodegor, who committed the offense.
“Very, very soft foul. Watching the replays it looks worse than it actually is. There’s no way it’s a foul, the referee initially let play go on. I almost didn’t touch it. They say they want the Premier League to be more physical collisions. I can’t understand why the referee went back to review the situation,” Jodegaard said.
Arteta also shared his opinion about the match and his team’s performance.
“We are disappointed that we didn’t win. We had a very real chance to do so. It didn’t work out because we lacked discipline at certain moments and weren’t ruthless enough in front of the goal,” believes the Spaniard.