Presenter indicates PGMOL ‘made error with second Man City goal’

NBC Sports presenter Rebecca Lowe indicated during the half-time interval of Manchester City’s 4-1 demolition of Arsenal that she heard whispers that PGMOL made a mistake when awarding John Stones’ header – which allegedly may have been offside. The goal proved to be a dagger to the hearts of Arsenal, who conceded just before the break when they would have had time to regroup before going again in the second half.

But the 2-0 deficit meant they had a mountain to climb and given Arsenal had lost their last 11 successive matches against Manchester City, this felt like an impossible task.

However, the defeat will now feel even sorer amid mumblings that Stones’ first-half header should not have stood – particularly given the call looked incredibly tight during real time.

Lowe said during NBC’s coverage: “We’ll look at the second goal in a second because there are reports that actually it was offside and that PGMOL and VAR might have got that wrong.”

Replays are far from conclusive as different frames seem to have been taken at various different times – none of which when Kevin De Bruyne actually took the free-kick.

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The initial feeling at the time of the goal was that it would be disallowed but the final VAR call was that Stones was onside when he planted the header beyond Aaron Ramsdale.

Arsenal fans are still arguing the case on Twitter with some posting images that appear to show Stones standing in an offside position.

David Coote was the man back at Stockley Park that approved the final decision which is likely to face continued scrutiny.

City put the game beyond all doubt in the second half anyway when Kevin De Bruyne grabbed his second of the night.

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Erling Haaland then got in on the act with a fourth goal for City after Rob Holding had pulled one back for Arsenal.

Pep Guardiola has now told his Manchester City players that they cannot blown their golden opportunity that they have worked so hard for.

“We cannot lose our focus. Now it’s in our hands,” said Guardiola.

“These next three games will dictate if we can do what we want to do. The reality is we’re still behind Arsenal.

“It will not be easy for us, but it is game by game and we see what happens. When it’s in our hands, we have to use it.”

City now face Fulham, West Ham and Leeds before travelling to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg.

Arsenal now have just five Premier League matches left to play as they gear up for a home clash with Chelsea next week.

The Gunners still have to travel to Newcastle and host high-flying Brighton which poses serious doubts about their hopes of somehow overturning the deficit.

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