‘It’s ridiculous’: Paul Scholes reacts to ‘unlucky’ Arsenal player as Man United win

Paul Scholes has claimed that Gabriel Martinelli’s disallowed goal during Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United was ‘ridiculous’, as he told Premier League Productions.

In the first half, Martinelli thought he had put Arsenal ahead, only for Paul Tierney to overturn the goal via VAR after a supposed foul by Martin Odegaard on Christian Eriksen in the build to the goal.

The on-field referee Paul Tierney actually first allowed that passage of play to go on, but was then told by VAR to check that decision via a screen on the touchline.

Of course, the Manchester United fans were over the moon at that call because, later on in that half, the club’s summer signing Antony, scored on his debut.

Mikel Arteta’s side did pile the pressure on during the second half, including scoring a deserved equaliser through Bukayo Saka.

But the home team continued to hit the current Premier League leaders on the counter-attack, including Marcus Rashford scoring two brilliant goals.

Nonetheless, this is what Scholes made of that Martinelli incident and how the Gunners were ‘unlucky’.

“I think it’s very soft,” said Scholes. “It’s his interpretation of the foul. He is ten yards away. He doesn’t think it’s a foul. Go to somebody else and he has a different opinion.

“It’s ridiculous, it should never have come back. I think they are a little unlucky there Arsenal.”


You can bet your bottom dollar Arteta will make his feelings clear at that all-important VAR call in the first half because it was game-changing.

It hasn’t been a great week for VAR calls, including West Ham United being denied a stoppage-time equaliser against Chelsea on Saturday.

Either way, that’s Arsenal’s first defeat of the new Premier League season and they have to brush this off as quickly as possible.

It’s Europa League matters to deal with now because Arteta and his players travel to Switzerland to take on FC Zurich next Thursday.