Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was furious with referee decision to deny the header of Alexandre Lacazette as gunners finally lost to Leicester (1-0).
Alexandre Lacazette scored from a header through a penalty just after four minutes of play. However, the assistant referee disallowed the goal for a controversial offside position of Granit Xhaka. A decision, Mikel Arteta hardly accepted.
“To be fair I was really pleased with the first half, the way we pressed, the aggression we showed against a team that are very capable of breaking that pressure and creating chances against you,” Arteta told the club’s website.
“We were very effective against that, we were on top of the game, we restricted to nothing, we had the right opportunities to attack good space and create some chances. We scored a goal as well on a set piece, I don’t know how it was disallowed.” he added.
Watch the video of Lacazette’s goal and full match highlights here.
Though he revealed to have had explanations from the referee, Arteta insisted that the incident has had massive impact on the scoreline.
Yes [it’s harsh] because Granit is behind Schmeichel, he is not in front of him so he is nothing to do with that ball, it is away from him and Granit is behind. But it’s okay, they made that decision and we cannot change it. he said.
“….Obviously it had a massive impact on the game because you have two teams where the margins are minimal and you can see in the Premier League at the moment that this is a big margin. I think we should still have not lost the game.” he added.