There were a number of controversial refereeing decisions in Arsenal’s victory over Manchester United, and manager Erik ten Hag has hit out at referee Anthony Taylor.
Ten Hag has claimed that Gabriel Magalhaes fouled Jonny Evans in the build-up to Declan Rice’s injury-time goal which gave Arsenal the lead, but former referee Dermot Gallagher has now rubbished this claim.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Gallagher claimed that Evans actually fouled Gabriel, and if Rice had not scored, a penalty could have been awarded to the hosts.
“I think it could have been a foul the other way,” he stated.
“They’re both grappling with each other. In the end Jonny Evans actually throws Gabriel out the way. It’s a difficult call, but the referee’s got a perfect view.
“It could have easily gone the other way, if it had gone the other way it could have been a penalty.”
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Ten Hag’s anger is unjustified
Taylor made a number of decisions throughout the game which affected both teams. Kai Havertz had a penalty appeal overturned, whilst there were a number of small fouls given United’s way, much to the anger of the home fans.
The decision over the ‘foul’ involving Evans has now been proven to be the correct one, and Ten Hag is clearly trying to deflect away from his side’s performance.
Although Arsenal were not at their fluid best, they were dominant on the day, and although they left it late, Mikel Arteta’s side were deserved winners in what was a thrilling game.
Rice’s late goal sparked scenes of jubilation before Gabriel Jesus sealed the win following an excellent run and dummy deep into stoppage time. After United had a late goal ruled out, Arsenal had found themselves winning a game that they thought they had lost.