By Abigail Withey
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has hit out at the assistant referee from Arsenal’s clash against Stoke City after the Gunners were disallowed an equalising goal.
The Gunners suffered a 1-0 loss to Stoke on Saturday following their first away match of the Premier League season.
Arsenal looked promising in both the Community Shield and their campaign opener against Leicester last week where Arsene Wenger’s side secured a 4-3 win over the former Premier League champions.
During Saturday’s game the north Londoners looked strong and dominating throughout the first half, but Stoke City responded when their winger Jese Rodriguez scored within 90 seconds of the second half.
The most frustrating aspect for the club and fans was when new signing Alexandre Lacazette’s equalising goal was disallowed and was called offside.
Among those disagreeing with the referee’s decision was Arsenal legend and pundit Wright, who stated that he thought the goal should have stood.
On his personal Twitter account Wright posted a picture of the ball in question and commented: “Giroud has clearly already had his touch! So he’s onside. Assistant referee just guessed! We don’t play football in freeze-frame.”
Giroud has clearly already had his touch! So he's onside. Assistant referee just guessed! We don't play football in freeze-frame ???? pic.twitter.com/DulO4dV60g
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) August 20, 2017
Arsene Wenger shared the exact same view as Wright and vented his frustrations after their disappointing defeat.
The manager was adamant that his new signing was onside: “I think we scored a goal that is not offside,” he told reporters.
“It’s a very easy decision,” Wenger said, as quoted in the Mirror. “When the ball is kicked he is not offside, Lacazette.”
Arsenal will now look ahead to their tough game against Liverpool away at Anfield next weekend as the Gunners aim to clinch three points to add to their tally.
In other Arsenal news, Piers Morgan has slated Arsene Wenger on Twitter following the Gunners’ defeat to Stoke.