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“F*** off everybody!” Ian Wright hits out at offside decision vs Stoke…

Date Posted,August 19, 2017

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has hit out at the decision to rule out Alexandre Lacazette’s goal against Stoke City for being offside, saying “f*** off everybody”.

The France international thought he had equalised for the Gunners with a thunderous effort in the second half of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to the Potters, only to see the linesman had raised his flag.

Arsene Wenger was adamant the goal should have stood, telling reporters: “I think we scored a goal that is not offside. It’s a very easy decision. When the ball is kicked he is not offside, Lacazette.”

The Arsenal manager was backed up by former Gunners defender Martin Keown, who on BT Sport added: “How can the linesman say he is offside there? It’s got to be the torso, surely it’s the body.

Ian Wright believes Arsenal were unlucky at the bet365 stadium (Image: REUTERS)

“What happens to the advantage being given to the centre-forward? That goal from Lacazette was a great finish, and that goal should have counted for me today.”

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard was also in full agreement, saying: “It’s onside because if there is no advantage to the front man then what is this rule that is out there?

“The advantage should go to the front man here because for me there is only really his foot that’s offside.”

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Alexandre Lacazette appears to be in line with the Stoke City defence (Image: BT Sport)

On Sunday Wright took to Instagram to upload a short video of himself discussing Arsenal’s second Premier League fixture of the new season.

In the clip, which is viewable above, the former striker says: “They were very unlucky with the referee and the goal wasn’t offside, so f*** off everybody.”

Graham Poll was asked for his opinion on the decision in the BT Sport studio following the fixture at the bet365 stadium.

The France international thought he had equalised for the Gunners (Image: Getty Images Europe)

He claimed the linesman made the right call, but admitted he doesn’t know quite how he managed to do so.

“Any part of the body that can play with the football legally – and a foot is one of those things – if that is nearer the goal than the defender then it is offside,” said Poll.

Arsene Wenger was frustrated following the fixture (Image: Getty Images Europe)

“As much as we want to see good goals, that was offside, I’m not sure quite how the assistant referee has seen it, it’s a different coloured football boot.

“Maybe that’s helped him, but we can’t say it’s wrong when it’s not, it’s definitely offside, it’s the right decision, how he gets it right, your guess is as good as mine.”

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