Gary Neville was left ‘confused’ over how Arsenal’s opening goal at Everton was disallowed after Gabriel Martinelli’s strike was ruled out by VAR.
The Brazilian appeared to have given the Gunners the lead thanks to a fine through ball from Fabio Vieira, but Neville couldn’t understand why.
Arsenal’s celebrations were cut short when referee Simon Hooper signaled that the strike was being reviewed by Stockley Park officials, with the dreaded ‘VAR check’ signs appearing on the screens at Goodison Park.
Martinelli came into play thanks to Vieira’s perfect pass which cut through the defense, but the goal seemed to be ruled out for a pass in the build-up.
Gabriel Magalhaes’ sideways pass in his own half was intercepted by Everton striker Beto, with the ball deflected towards Eddie Nketiah, who was ruled offside, before the ball fell to the creator goal Vieira.
It looked doubtful, with VAR checks only showing one angle of the event before a decision was made.
And Neville wasn’t convinced.
“Isn’t there a better angle than that?” » asked the Manchester United legend on Sky Sports.
“That one looks a little strange, shall we say.
“There are so many camera angles in the ground that I can’t imagine why we don’t have a better one than that.
“That seems like a bit of an assumption to me.
“Even I’m a little confused, he (Martinelli) looked good behind.
“We saw one a few weeks ago where Erik ten Hag was complaining about not having the right camera angle to line him up.
“That one looks a little strange, shall we say.”
“Sometimes you feel like a decision isn’t right and that one (Martinelli’s disallowed goal) didn’t seem right to you.”
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