November 25, 2020

Arteta bemused by disallowed goal

October 26, 2020
Mikel Arteta hits out at disallowed goal as Arsenal lose to late Jamie Vardy header

Mikel Arteta was left bemused as to why Alexandre Lacazette’s early goal was disallowed in Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester.

The Gunners suffered their first home defeat to the Foxes in 47 years as Jamie Vardy came off the bench to seal a late 1-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal were left to rue the fourth-minute decision where Lacazette’s glancing header off the post was ruled out after Granit Xhaka was adjudged to have interfered with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from an offside position.

Speaking after the game, Arteta told Sky Sports: “I’m really disappointed. We had it in our hands in the first half and I don’t know how the hell the goal was disallowed.

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“To be fair I was really pleased with the first half and the way we pressed and the aggression we showed against a team that are very capable of breaking that pressure and creating chances against you.

“We were very on top of the game, we restricted them to nothing. We scored a goal from the set-piece, I don’t know how it got disallowed.

“In the second half and it was about being patient and waiting for the right moment against a team that wanted to defend really deep.

Asked if he’d received an explanation from referee Craig Pawson why Lacazette’s goal was disallowed, Arteta added: “No, I asked them [the officials] and they didn’t say anything.

“At the end of the day, if you cannot win it for any reason, you don’t lose it. We still had some moments after the goal, but we gave too many free-kicks away, we didn’t put the ball in the box enough and it’s something we have to improve for the future.”

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