By Aramide Oladipo
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes the assistant referee was correct to rule out Alexandre Lacazette’s goal for Arsenal in their weekend defeat away at Stoke City.
The 26-year-old thought that he had equalised for his side in the second-half with a clinical finish inside the penalty box but it was disallowed as he was adjusted to be offside.
The decision proved to be costly for the Gunners as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon thanks to a goal from Jese Rodriguez who scored on his Stoke debut.
When asked about the incident on Sky Sports News’ Monday morning Sports Now show (August 21, 11:30am), Gallagher revealed that the assistant referee deserves a lot of credit for making the correct decision.
“The TV pictures prove it is the right call,” he said.
“As much as we like to say to people that he could have let that go, you cannot criticise an assistant for getting such a big decision correct.
“He’s got it right so let’s not beat him up about that.”
One man who certainly will not agree is Arsenal legend Ian Wright who took to his personal Twitter account and publicly criticised the assistant referee’s decision to chalk off Lacazette’s strike.
Even with the benefit of slow-motion replays all this does is perhaps show how hard the officials’ jobs are.
It was Arsenal’s first loss of the new Premier League season which means that Arsene Wenger’s side have only managed to win two out of their last nine trips to Stoke in the league.
The Gunners will look to bounce back as they travel to Anfield to face Liverpool this weekend.
In other Arsenal news, Piers Morgan has slated Arsene Wenger on Twitter following the Gunners’ defeat to Stoke.