Referee explains why Alexandre Lacazette’s last-gasp Arsenal goal was ruled out against Manchester United which left fans fuming

ARSENAL fans were left fuming after Alexandre Lacazette had a last-gasp 'goal' against Manchester United disallowed.

But  the rules – which few fans seem to be aware of – clearly show the referee got it spot on this time.

Referee explains why Alexandre Lacazette’s last-gasp Arsenal goal was ruled out against Manchester United which left fans fumingBT Sport3 Alexandre Lacazette thought he had pulled off a trick when he headed the ball out of David De Gea's hands

Gunners striker Lacazette tried a sneaky trick on David De Gea when he creeped up behind him and headed the ball out of his hands.

De Gea was holding the ball in just one hand at the time, and Lacazette punted the ball into the empty net after dislodging it from his grasp.

Lacazette looked incredulous when referee Andre Marriner signalled to say the 89th-minute 'goal' was disallowed.

But the France star – like many viewers – appeared unaware of a change to the rules.

Lacazette being innovative. 😂 #ManUtdArsenal #MANARS pic.twitter.com/FPwopVllLq

— Anthony Barbagallo (@AnthBarbagallo) December 5, 2018

Referee explains why Alexandre Lacazette’s last-gasp Arsenal goal was ruled out against Manchester United which left fans fumingReuters3 The France forward was left fuming at what he thought was a perfectly good goal
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Former ref Phil Dowd explained why Marriner was right.

He said: "The law has changed. He [De Gea] is considered to be in control of the ball when he has it in both hands, his outstretched hand or between any other surface.

"He has the ball in his hand, he is in control at all times and cannot be challenged.

"Therefore the foul was given."

Referee explains why Alexandre Lacazette’s last-gasp Arsenal goal was ruled out against Manchester United which left fans fumingBT Sport3 The Arsenal star was able to slot into an empty net… but his goal was disallowed

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Nottingham Forest's Gary Crosby famously had the goal stand when he headed the ball out of Man City keeper Andy Dibble's hands in March 1990.

And Arsenal fans at home mistakenly believed Lazacette's goal in the 2-2 draw should have stood too.

One wrote: "Sorry correct me if I’m wrong but I’ve grown up knowing that if the keeper is only holding the ball with one hand you can take the ball from him, Lacazette has done so in a fair and legal way, no high foot, with his head, and put the ball in the net, why has this not counted?"

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