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Guendouzi left with no choice but to spear Zaha

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Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi used a part rugby part WWE spear style tackle to bring down Wilfried Zaha but insists he had no choice.

Most of the post-match talk from Arsenal versus Crystal Palace has been about the last-minute winner disallowed by VAR.

The game ended 2-2, but a key talking point was the last-ditch attempt by Matteo Guendouzi to stop Crystal Palaces Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha ran the Arsenal defense ragged, and in a moment of desperation, Guendouzi did what he felt he had to do.

If you knew nothing else and saw this tackle you would be forgiven for thinking you were at Monday Night Raw in the WWE.


Ok, perhaps Guendouzi was not quite so violent in is his move.

But it was a tackle more akin to a rugby match rather than the hallowed turf of the football field.

The Arsenal man received a yellow card for his efforts to stop the palace man from snatching a winner at the Emirates Stadium.

In an interview with Arsenal’s official club website, arsenal.com the young Frenchman feels he was left with no choice.

The decision to make the move was desperate yet calculated.

He said:

“I had to foul Zaha at the end, otherwise he is through on goal on his own.”

“I’m the last defender but I’m far from our goal as well.”

“I had to do it.”

The Gunners were just desperate to win.

He added:

“We really wanted to win the game, so we attacked a lot towards the end to get the third goal.”

“We allowed spaces [for Palace on the break] but it’s because we really wanted to win.”

He was disappointed in his side’s ability to hold on to the lead, but admits Zaha and Palace did well.

He continued:

“It’s not a mental issue. We didn’t manage to hold our advantage.”

“We knew they were a good team, with individual quality, and they played well for their goals.”

“Zaha did well to get a penalty.”

“It’s down to us to work so we win these kinds of matches after taking the lead.”

Guendouzi is unsure why his side’s winner was overruled by VAR.

He concluded:

“I’m not sure what happened on our disallowed goal.”

“It’s like last Monday at Sheffield [United].”

“The ref didn’t check with VAR then on Sokratis and Saka. This time he checks, and it goes against us.”

“I haven’t seen it again yet, but we lose two points because of that today and a point at Sheffield too.”

Arsenal will need to improve all-round if they are to be serious contenders for even a top-four place never mind anything more.

Guendouzi may need to work on his tackling technique a little too as much more of that could land him in big trouble.

It does appear though that Wilfried Zaha does see the funny side of it though!