Arteta questions referee’s decision in draw

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Mikel Arteta says “different rules” were applied, allowing Ivan Toney’s equaliser to stand for Brentford and cost Arsenal a potentially crucial victory at Emirate.

Mikel Arteta’s side were set to move eight points clear of rivals Manchester City after Leandro Trossard put them ahead until Toney headed home from a set-piece which was reviewed by the VAR.

Brentford centre-back Ethan Pinnock appeared to be offside while blocking Arsenal’s Gabriel as a free-kick was delivered into the area for Toney to volley back across goal, with Arteta believing the rules were not applied correctly.

“I just looked at it back and it is offside,” he said. “We’ll probably be given an explanation later in the week but today we haven’t got any.

“Looking at the images, you have to apply certain principles in defending and you do that by sticking to the rules and suddenly you apply different rules then you have to change your principles. So tell us before because then you don’t hold the line that high because you’re always going to have an advantage if you get blocked.

“It’s too late, the goal was allowed, we dropped two points.”

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