Emile Smith Rowe scores bizarre Arsenal goal as Man Utd 'keeper David de Gea is DOWN INJURED after Fred trod on his footDecember 2, 2021
ARSENAL scored one of the most BIZARRE goals you will ever see as Emile Smith Rowe gave the visitors the lead against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
As an Arsenal corner came in Man Utd midfielder Fred trod on the foot of his own keeper David De Gea and the Spaniard went down in a heap.
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But moments later Emile Smith Rowe thumped the ball in from the edge of the box with De Gea lying on the ground as the Gunners struck first in Manchester.
There were several minutes of confusion as De Gea got back to his feet, but referee Martin Atkinson – with help from the VAR – eventually signalled that the goal would stand.
Replays showed Atkinson had not blown his whistle before the ball hit the back of the net, but he did appear to put the whistle to his lips before deciding against stopping the game.
Former Prem ref Mark Clattenburg told Amazon TV: "Martin Atkinson has to give the goal because Fred accidentally stamps on David de Gea's foot, so therefore it's not a foul by an Arsenal player.
"He doesn't blow his whistle and therefore he has to give the goal."
Reacting to the goal, one Man Utd fan said: "I mean, it's definitely a goal.
"But I'd hope Arsenal would give United a goal back as if De Gea wasn't hurt that doesn't go in. Simple fair play."
While another added: "Was it a goal? Yes technically. Would De Gea comfortably save it if he wasn’t picking up pieces of his achilles tendon? Yes again.
"Therefore, in the unspoken fair play handbook, you give them a goal back."
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But others disagreed with the premise that the visitors should have given a goal back to United.
One said: "He got touched by his own player – and it was a very light touch, no head injury, no reason to disallow the goal."
And another added: "No error or foul from Arsenal in the build up to the @emilesmithrowe goal so no reason to give them a goal back at all. Let push on lads and take the game to them."
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