By Giuseppe Muro

Louis Saha’s goal on Tuesday sparked wild debate across the football world and most people Arsène Wenger has spoken with agree that the goal was offside.

Everton took the lead when Saha, standing in an offside position, latched onto a through-ball that took a touch off Laurent Koscielny and then fired past Wojciech Szczesny. Much to the amazement of the majority of Emirates Stadium, the strike was allowed to stand.

The much-altered offside law has been scrutinised in the days since Arsenal’s 2-1 win and Wenger says he isn’t alone in thinking Saha’s goal should have been chalked off.

“I felt it was offside. Most of the people who know the rules better than I do, agree with me,” he said.

“It’s a bit [a problem] of the application of the law. It is a little bit down to interpretation of the referee and of the linesman, under these circumstances.
“You have to accept the decision of the referee on that front. I asked him at half time how could he give the goal, the linesman was of the opinion that we gave the ball to Louis Saha. But he took advantage of an offside position and it was a deflected ball basically.”

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3 Feb 2011