By Alan Hutton

11th Sep, 2022 | 7:30am

Pundit suggests real reason for Gabriel Martinelli controversy at Arsenal

Alan Hutton has suggested Paul Tierney second-guessed himself which led him to disallow Gabriel Martinelli’s goal for Arsenal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa right-back said the referee may have felt pressure to overturn his on field decision to disallow the goal for the Gunners.

As shown on Sky Sports (4 September) Martinelli thought he had opened the scoring for the London club on Sunday (4 September).

The goal was ruled out after a VAR check deemed Martin Odegaard to have fouled Christian Eriksen in the build-up.

Mikel Arteta’s side went on to be beaten 3-1 by Man United on Sunday (4 September).

When asked why Paul Tierney felt the need to change his original decision, Hutton told Football Insider: “The only thing I can think of is, VAR is pointing out that he’s making a mistake so he’s probably second guessing himself a little bit – ‘was I right to let that go?’.

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I thought it was fine, a coming together, they broke away, scored a good goal. He gave it on field and that was his decision that it was fine.

When you take a certain clip, slow it down, look at all these angles you’re thinking have I made a mistake if it’s being pointed out. It puts that pressure on the ref to change his mind.

I think he should’ve stuck to his guns, he made the decision on field, he let it go and he should’ve stuck with that. VAR has called him in to have a look at it, more often than not he’s going to reverse it.

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