EPL: It was offside, shouldn’t stand – Rio Ferdinand gives verdict on Xhaka’s goal in 3-1 win over United

EPL: It was offside, shouldn’t stand – Rio Ferdinand gives verdict on Xhaka’s goal in 3-1 win over United

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has said that Granit Xhaka’s decisive goal against Manchester United should not have stood.

He said that another Arsenal player, Eddie Nketiah was standing on offside position, blocking off goalkeeper David de Gea’s view, when the shot was taken.

However, the goal was allowed to stand, despite a clear offside.

Xhaka relieved the tension that was building inside the Emirates Stadium with his first goal of the season with the game remaining at 2-1 until the 70th minute.

Mohamed Elneny robbed Bruno Fernandes, who had earlier missed a penalty, of the ball, presenting Xhaka with the opportunity to shoot from 25 yards.

Replays showed that De Gea’s vision was impaired by Eddie Nketiah who was standing in an offside position, but VAR allowed the goal to stand.

A disgruntled Ferdinand told BT Sport: “He’s offside. I think it’s a great strike don’t get me wrong. He’s hit it like an arrow.

“But if you go back to that shot where De Gea is looking round the player, surely he’s interfering with play. He’s standing in an offside position. De Gea leans round him, it’s got to be given.

“He’s absolutely in line with De Gea, he reaches around him to have a look. The first player in front of him is Nketiah. It doesn’t matter if he’s getting near it or not he’s having to lean around a player standing in an off-side position.”