Arsenal vs Manchester United: New Images Show VAR Was Right to Award Eddie Nketiah’s Goal

Arsenal vs Manchester United: New Images Show VAR Was Right to Award Eddie Nketiah’s Goal

  • Arsenal's late winner against Manchester United sparked some offside controversy
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko was heavily involved in the build-up with his position being questioned
  • Eddie Nketiah bagged a brace to help Arsenal preserve their five-point lead over Manchester City

New images have shown that Eddie Nketiah's last-gasp strike to win the game for Arsenal was a valid goal.

Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-2 in a thrilling game at the Emirates Stadium on January 22nd to send out yet another statement of intent.

Arsenal vs Manchester United, Eddie Nketiah, David de Gea, VAR, Emirates Stadium
Eddie Nketiah scores Arsenal's third goal against Manchester United. Photo by David Price.
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It was an end-to-end match with both teams going for the jugular in the late Sunday kickoff. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring with a sublime solo goal but Nketiah restored parity less than five minutes later with a close-range header.

Bukayo Saka then had a brilliant solo moment of his own with his curler of a shot beating David de Gea to give Arsenal the lead. World Cup-winning defender Lisandro Martinez got his first goal for Manchester United from a corner.

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Onside or offside?

Nketiah's second for the night which ultimately proved to be the winner was marred in controversy.

New signing Leandro Trossard released Oleksandr Zinchenko through on goal who in turn fed Martin Odegaard in the penalty area. Odegaard's feeble attempt on goal was turned in by Nketiah.

Preliminary images showed the incident in question was whether Nketiah was onside. The Video Assistant Referee confirmed the Englishman was in a legal position.

Focus later on switched to Zinchenko's position when he received the ball from Trossard. From the naked eye, the former Manchester City utility player looked in an offside position.

However, images have now shown that he was kept onside by Lisandro Martinez's right foot.

The win now makes Arsenal the first team to reach 50 points. Manchester United remain fourth with 39 points.

Was Saka mocking Rashford?

Sports Brief has also reported that fans were sharply divided on the Arsenal star's choice of celebration after scoring a stunner against Manchester United.

Saka scored the second goal to give Arsenal the lead after Eddie Nketiah had cancelled out Rashford's beautiful opener.

The 21-year-old was allowed to weave his way to the edge of the penalty area before unleashing a ferocious shot which flew past a scampering David de Gea. He then dashed towards the corner flag pointing to his temple as Rashford has done since the World Cup break. The Manchester United star scored his 9th goal in 9 consecutive appearances and rushed to the away end pulling off what is now becoming his signature celebration.