Referee Paul Tierney told to ‘grow a pair’ as decision to disallow goal scored by Gabriel Martinelli is labelled ‘a load of c**p’ during Arsenal’s defeat at Manchester United

    Referee Paul Tierney came under fire after Gabriel Martinelli’s early goal was ruled out during Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.

    Martinelli thought he’d put his side ahead at Old Trafford as he fired past David de Gea following a swift Gunners move.

    Arsenal thought they’d drawn first blood on 12 minutes

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    Arsenal thought they’d drawn first blood on 12 minutes

    But their goal was chalked off following a VAR review

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    But their goal was chalked off following a VAR review

    The referee was surrounded by Man United players immediately afterwards with Christian Eriksen going down after a challenge from Martin Odegaard moments before the goal.

    VAR duly reviewed the decision and advised the man in the middle to look at the incident again on his pitchside monitor.

    After much deliberation, Tierney decided Odegaard’s contact on Eriksen was sufficient to disallow the goal, much to the delight of the Red Devils faithful.

    However, former Arsenal man Perry Groves was left raging at the decision.

    Groves told talkSPORT: “It’s not clear and obvious. Paul Tierney needs to grow a pair, VAR wasn’t brought in for this.”

    Meanwhile, Premier League legend Alan Shearer tweeted: “What a load of c**p.”

    Later in the first half, Martinelli’s bullet header was later kept out by De Gea

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    Later in the first half, Martinelli’s bullet header was later kept out by De Gea

    And shortly after Antony put Man United ahead

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    And shortly after Antony put Man United ahead

    Arsenal will feel very hard done by at Old Trafford

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    Arsenal will feel very hard done by at Old Trafford

    Evening Standard journalist Simon Collings later said that Arsenal fans were heard chanting: “He’s one of your own, he’s one of your own, Paul Tierney, he’s one of your own.”

    To add insult to injury, Arsenal fell behind on 35 minutes thanks to a debut strike from new Man United man Antony.

    Mikel Arteta’s men came out fighting in the second half with Bukayo Saka levelling the scores on the hour.

    However, two goals from Marcus Rashford saw the Gunners fall to their first defeat of the season.

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