Arsenal legend Ian Wright, has weighed in on the ongoing VAR controversy between Arsenal and Manchester United.
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The Gunners’ unbeaten run came to an end at Old Trafford, where they fell behind 3-1. Despite the defeat, Arsenal was the superior team. United, on the other hand, were clinical in their finishing and approach.
Manchester United took the lead through new signing Antony after being dominated by Arsenal and led at halftime. The Gunners responded quickly in the second half, drawing level through Bukayo Saka.
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United’s response was prompt. Rashford’s two quick counter-attacking goals put an end to Arsenal’s hopes of a comeback.
The victory, however, has been overshadowed by Paul Tierney’s decision to overrule Martinelli’s goal due to a foul on Erickson by Odegaard in the buildup.
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Despite the ‘finger-pointing’, Ian Wright insists he supports Paul Tierney’s decision. As quoted by Metro in a post match interview, he stated:
“People will sit there and say oh in my day [it wouldn’t be given]. In this day, that is a foul. I didn’t see that bit because I was so excited about this bit [Martinelli’s finish]. But when I saw it [the replay] I straight away thought they are going to give that.”
“Even though they [VAR] had a complete nightmare on Saturday I couldn’t see them not giving that. I don’t think he even needed to go to VAR for it, he should have seen that straight off the bat.”