Eddie Howe believes only a potential foul on Gabriel could have ruled out Newcastle’s goal

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe believes that the only reason the officials could have ruled out Newcastle United’s goal against Arsenal is if there was a potential foul on Gabriel Magalhaes.

The Magpies ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run yesterday thanks to a controversial goal from Anthony Gordon.

The focus of the post-match debate has been on allowing the strike to stand even though the ball seemed to have gone out of play.

However, Howe has no doubt that the ball was still in play and insists the only reason it could have been disallowed is if there was a foul on Arsenal defender Gabriel.

He said, as quoted by the Daily Mail:

‘I thought [the VAR check] was initially for a foul.

‘I didn’t think it was but potentially Joelinton off the back of [Gabriel]. That’s all I could see that was possibly wrong. 

‘But then obviously there’s the three checks. Thankfully none of them were pulled up on.’

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Howe is not expected to support us in saying the ball had gone out of play, after all, it was his team that benefitted from the decision.

We have to move on from this episode and prepare to get back to form in our next game.

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  1. Don’t expect anything less from Howe, the error was in his favor.

    Let’s see his comments when he’s wronged by VAR, if he retains his composure and support.

    I think he’ll join with Arteta, Klopp, and Wolves in his condemnation when it costs him valuable points.

    1. Therein lies the problem Durand, clubs, managers, players and fans will always take a wrong decision if it suits their club.

      What everyone should be doing, is band together and call out the PGMOL for their absolute incompetence when using VAR.

      1. I agree Ken, I said that exact thing in the article referencing the club’s support of Arteta’s post match comments.

        PGMOL should have oversight or something, they are not held accountable for their failings.

        Club’s get relegated, managers get fired, but refs get a light tap and right back to officiating and repeating their incompetence.

  2. Maybe that was the reason for the VAR official No to direct the Ref to watch the monitor.
    Actually that guy is who have mayor influence in everything now. All the conflicts coming from him.

  3. Every fan, pundit, manager, and player, would say that it was a foul on Gabriel had it been their team on the receiving end of that no-call. The foul looked obvious imo two arms on him and Gabriel was in the dirt

    Those were huge points we lost out to We need to go on a run of games now to put us in striking distance. We have to stay with the pack so we can apply pressure. And hopefully, we’ll do well in the CL and get some nicer fixtures when out of the group. Still allot to look forward to

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