HomePREMIER LEAGUEArsenal Hit by Setback as 'World-Class' Player Falls Ill and Misses Training

Arsenal Hit by Setback as ‘World-Class’ Player Falls Ill and Misses Training


Arsenal Hit by Setback as ‘World-Class’ Player Falls Ill and Misses Training
Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli is currently not participating in training, raising doubts about his availability for the upcoming match against PSV Eindhoven, as reported by Simon Collings from The London Evening Standard.

This is part of a broader examination of the situation involving Bukayo Saka. The team, having already advanced in the UEFA Champions League Group B with 12 points from five matches, is preparing for the away game against PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

Despite illness preventing Martinelli from training, his teammate Bukayo Saka is expected to be part of the squad. Emile Smith Rowe, another winger, has returned to training with Arsenal.

Considering Arsenal’s secure position in the group stage, there may be no necessity to risk Martinelli in the upcoming match. Manager Mikel Arteta may opt to give him rest before the next Premier League game against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Unfortunately for Arsenal, the referee, Jarred Gillett, signaled for a handball just moments after the ball had crossed the line, and a VAR check upheld the original decision.

After the defeat, Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, refrained from sharing his thoughts on the matter, having watched the game from the stands due to receiving his third yellow card against Luton Town earlier in the week.

The controversy extended beyond the disallowed goal, with discussions centering on the lack of a penalty for a foul by Douglas Luiz on Gabriel Jesus. Earlier in the day, Crystal Palace was awarded a penalty for a similar incident, highlighting the perceived inconsistency in refereeing decisions.

While opinions were divided on whether the disallowed Havertz goal should have stood, Gallagher, commenting on Sky Sports’ Ref Watch, asserted that, regardless of other factors, the right decision was made given the clear handball, which aligns with the new law.
“The good thing is that the referee did spot it on field and he gave it on-field so the VAR check is because the ball has gone in the net. It was the referee who disallowed the goal and quite rightly. On Cash handling moments later, he added: “Because Havertz has committed the offence to score the goal, that would negate Matty Cash’s [handball].

“I think it was the right decision. It struck his arm, it’s unlucky and he doesn’t mean to but that’s the rule. The good thing is it was spotted and given on-field and I think that’s what we were talking about last [we want to see] more decisions being made on-field because it looks much better.”
Arsenal Hit by Setback as ‘World-Class’ Player Falls Ill and Misses Training

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