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Why Emile Smith Rowe’s strange Arsenal goal against Man Utd was allowed to stand despite David de Gea being down injured

LETTER OF THE LAW

ARSENAL scored a controversial goal to open the scoring against Man Utd - and here's why it stood.

Emile Smith Rowe volleyed home from a half-cleared corner to give the Gunners the lead in the 17th minute.

Man Utd were left furious because goalkeeper David de Gea was laying on the ground between his sticks injured.

The Spanish stopper would've probably denied Smith Rowe's effort - but for his injury.

Former referee Mark Clattenburg came on Amazon Prime to clear up any confusion.

He said on the live broadcast: "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."

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta celebrated on the touchline while Man Utd players surrounded the referee.

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