Nwosu Chizoba David
Emile Smith Rowe’s opener for Arsenal at Old Trafford proved a big talking point, as United goalkeeper David de Gea lay down injured following a corner.
The video assistant referee eventually awarded the goal, with widespread confusion in the ground giving way to Arsenal joy and Manchester United fury.
The player’s opening goal against Manchester United causes stir among footballers and football lovers
Rob Green, Former England Goalkeeper in his contribution on BBC stated clearly that everyone else in the stadium could see De Gea on the floor, with his back to the game and he had his ankle stamped on by his own team-mate. It is unfortunate.
“As an ex-goalkeeper, I am sitting here thinking ‘bit of common sense, guys, you can’t save the ball if you’re down injured with your back to the game”.
“I understand the clinical nature of refereeing and the argument that says there is nothing to stop it being a goal”.
“But in the cold light of day, you look at it and think ‘what is the sporting decision?’ I think it shouldn’t have been allowed.”
Mikel Arteta said he had never seen a goal like it. Michael Carrick was glad he didn’t have to address it for too long.
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Arsenal boss Arteta to Amazon Prime afterwards. “But that is the decision from the referee and VAR checked it and it was a goal.”
Carrick said: “At least I don’t have to talk about it too much now – we could have been here all night.”