‘It was offside’ Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta left fuming as Brentford equaliser heats up race for PL title

After promising so much to the fans, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal is slowly fading away from their usual domination and faced a major setback in the title race after Brentford denied them of winning.

Arsenal is at the top of the Premier League points since the majority of the season after their continuous rock-solid performances but now showing signs of slowing down with no win in the last two matches.

Last week, Everton stunted the Gunners via James Tarkowski’s goal which cost them three points and now Ivan Toney became the latest nightmare after Brentford held them 1-1 on Emirates.

Arsenal was a rigid force throughout the game but failed to trouble the Brentford goalie Raya with the defenders held their ground and maintained a compact shape until the arrival of Trossard.

The substitute Belgian made an instant impact upon his return to action and scored a beautiful goal teed up by the English sensation Bukayo Saka when the time hit 66 minutes on the clock.

Brentford missed a few great chances to take the lead in the first half, but opportunities went begging as the Bees have done everything right except hitting the target.

Since conceding, Thomas Frank got really animated and passed a motivational message to the team which clicked as the Talisman Ivan Toney hit the net in the 74th minute.

However, there was a claim of offside from the Arsenal camp as the assist provider Christian Norgaard came up from an unnatural position, but VAR upheld the on-field call and deemed the play as Onside.

Mikel Arteta left his disappointment on the goal and said, “I’ve just looked at it back, and it is offside. You cannot block if you are offside, but it’s irrelevant, it’s gone. Credit to them for the way they competed. But I thought we were dominant and had good moments.”

“We scored a goal against that super-low block they had. They took the game to that rollercoaster game they want to take you to. Winning is about small margins. When you win you win by small margins. But if you cannot win it then you don’t lose it. I thought the team still had a good performance today.”- Arteta further added.


Salah Uddin Rafi

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Sports Content Writer. Covering F1, Tennis, Naskar and mostly Soccer. Graduated from Jahangirnagar University. A game of football is relentlessly uncompromised because passion runs thick through the veins.


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