Arsenal idol issues 'dodgy' claim as Martinelli controversy analysed

By Kevin Campbell

12th Apr, 2022 | 4:00pm

Arsenal idol issues 'dodgy' verdict as Gabriel Martinelli controversy analysed

Kevin Campbell has slammed the decision to rule out Gabriel Martinelli’s goal during Brighton’s 2-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker said the call looked “dodgy” and is adamant the goal should have stood.

Martinelli thought he had equalised for Arsenal when he nodded in at the back post.

However, a VAR review ruled the goal out for offside even though Brighton defender Marc Cucurella looked to be playing the forward onside.

As quoted by Football.London (9 April), Mikel Arteta rued the decision which could have changed the momentum of the game.

When asked for his thoughts on the incident, Campbell told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “This VAR… It is going to be the death of me.

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“Look, you can say he was onside and it did look a dodgy decision to rule out the goal.

“However, the truth of the matter is Arsenal didn’t deserve it. That goal could have given Arsenal a point but they didn’t deserve it. They didn’t play well enough. Let’s not kid ourselves, they were awful on the day and Brighton were the better team. Brighton deserved to win.

“I don’t like VAR. Was it a goal? I thought it was. I am not losing my head over that though because Arsenal didn’t play well.

“They did not show the same fire that they had before the international break. They have come back from the international break lethargic.

“I don’t know if the season is catching up with them but they need to shake themselves out of it.”

In other news, Arsenal have been quoted ‘£30million’ to sign Douglas Luiz after source’s update on summer bid.