Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion this afternoon, but things could’ve been really different if Gabriel Martinelli’s goal had stood in the first half.
Firstly, Brighton deserved the win. They were the better team for most parts of the game, but the fact that we could’ve still scored three or four goals today makes the defeat a painful one.
Martin Odegaard was our sole goalscorer in the end, but Martinelli deserved to be on the scoresheet as well.
VAR rule out Gabriel Martinelli’s goal
Arsenal went a goal down in the first half and we can’t really complain about that. However, we should’ve been on level terms just before the break through Martinelli.
The young Brazilian headed the ball into the back of the net from close range and we were momentarily back in the game. However, VAR decided they didn’t want to award the goal.
The team at Stockley Park took their own time, looked at numerous inconclusive angles, zoomed in on absolutely nothing, and in the end, decided that the Martinelli was offside, even though there was no clear evidence of that.
That gave Brighton an edge at half-time and they held on to pick up all three points.
Furious Arsenal fans hit out
Arsenal fans, unsurprisingly, were absolutely furious with VAR’s decision to rule out Martinelli’s goal. Here’s how 15 angry supporters reacted on Twitter…