ARSENAL legend Thierry Henry recalled a hilarious goal his team conceded when he was just 11 years old.
The former France striker revealed the moment while in the Amazon chief studio for Man Utd’s clash with Arsenal on Thursday night.
Henry was responding to Arsenal’s bizarre opening goal at Old Trafford when he brought up the memory from the past.
Emile Smith Rowe gave the Gunners the rule when his volley hit the back of the net despite David de Gea being down injured.
De Gea hit the deck after his own player Fred stamped on his ankle from a corner.
There were several minutes of confusion as De Gea got back to his feet, but referee Martin Atkinson – with help from the VAR – ultimately signalled that the goal would stand.
Replays showed Atkinson had not blown his whistle before the ball hit the back of the net, but he did appear to put the whistle to his lips before deciding against stopping the game.
Henry explained: “The last time I saw that was when I was 11 and my goalkeeper went to have a sandwich and left his goal – and then we were 1-0 down.”
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There was plenty of controversy over whether the goal should’ve stood – and if Arsenal should’ve gifted one back.
Former Prem ref Mark Clattenburg said: “Martin Atkinson has to give the goal because Fred accidentally stamps on David de Gea’s foot, so consequently it’s not a foul by an Arsenal player.
“He doesn’t blow his whistle and consequently he has to give the goal.
“I’ve never seen anything quite as extraordinary as this.
“If he would’ve blown his whistle before the ball had entered the goal it would’ve been already more controversial because Arsenal would’ve been the victims of a disallowed goal.”
And Alan Shearer slammed De Gea for staying down injured after the accidental clash with Fred.
Former Newcastle striker Shearer said: “I didn’t see or hear the referee blow. I didn’t see or hear a serious foul on the goalkeeper and it’s only that his own player stands on him.
“I don’t think I’m being too harsh here, but I don’t think the game has changed that much. That happens in every game, someone standing on your foot or ankle.
“With him going down like that, not a care to where the ball is, yes they hurt. But I’m not sure he should be staying down like that. He’s up on his feet a minute later anyway, so it couldn’t have hurt that much.
“There’s an argument, if there would’ve been a serious injury and he couldn’t carry on and had to be stretchered off, then there’s an argument in terms of fairness of play if Arsenal should’ve let Man Utd score.
“But he’s up on his feet a moment later. He’s walking around, he’s not limping. I think you get them in every game.”
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