Arteta blasts disallowed goal as Arsenal suffer first loss of season to Man Utd

Mikel Arteta has blasted his side's disallowed goal after Arsenal suffered their first loss of the season away to Manchester United.

The Gunners had won each of their first five matches of the new Premier League season before Sunday's heavyweight clash at Old Trafford. However, Arteta's side surrendered their flawless start to the campaign against the Red Devils, with Antony and Marcus Rashford scoring in a 3-1 win for the hosts.

Arsenal thought they had taken the lead during the first half, though, only for Gabriel Martinelli's goal to be ruled out by VAR due to a foul in the build-up.

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Speaking after the match, Arteta criticised the decision, explaining: "There is a lack of consistency, very soft. Today (they adjudged) this was a foul. They wanted to pull the threshold because it is a big game, very difficult to understand."

Arsenal had won the ball back in the middle of the park after a challenge by Martin Odegaard on Christian Eriksen, before Martinelli was played through on goal.

Despite on-pitch referee Paul Tierney awarding the goal, he was told to watch the incident on the pitch-side monitor by VAR, before overruling his decision.

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Arsenal captain Odegaard also disagreed with the decision to disallow his side's goal, admitting after the match: "In my opinion it is never a foul. A soft challenge and for VAR to come in it has to be clear and obvious.

"Very, very soft. You can make it look worse on camera. Never a foul, the referee said play on. I barely touched him, they keep saying this is the Premier League and want it to be physical. "I don't understand how he can go back on it."

With the score remaining goalless, United debutant Antony put his new side in front in the 35th minute, slotting the ball into the far corner after being found in acres of space inside the penalty area.

Although Bukayo Saka pulled Arsenal level on the hour mark, two goals in nine minutes from Marcus Rashford helped United coast to a flattering 3-1 victory.

Despite the defeat, Arteta's side remain top of the table after six matches and will hope to return to winning ways at home to Everton next Sunday.

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