Arsenal undone by VARcical decisions at Old Trafford – should we be surprised?

I said early this morning, well before kick off, that I could see a terrible VAR decision go against us at Old Trafford. And what happened?

In a completely dominate display, Arsenal scored a goal which was chalked off because Odegaard was seen to have fouled Eriksen. After seeing multiple replays, it was clear the Dane went down easily, collapsing under the presence of Odegaard.

Manchester United were happy to sit deep and absorb the pressure, something you would expect from a team battling relegation.

But fine margins make all the difference and after our goal was unfairly ruled out, United scored goals which were fortunate to say the least.

The first goal was against the run of play, and the second only went in when the ball took a deflection off Ben White taking it past Aaron Ramsdale. And the third, was another goal off the break.

I thought Erik ten Haag was brought in to bring expansive and exciting football to Old Trafford?

The performance from Arsenal was excellent, and against talking about fine margins – we just couldn’t take advantage of the openings we created. Gabriel Jesus was outstanding, terrorising the United defence and causing all kinds of problems – but when the chances came we were found wanting.

Odegaard sliced a chance from 5 yards out when he should have scored, Saka lashed a shot past the post when he should have scored – the big, clear cut chances came Arsenal’s way and we couldn’t find the net.

A disappointing defeat, one which ends our winning run and I’m sure the media will be happy with that. But come end of the season, I guarantee we will be above this Manchester United side.


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