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Andrew Omobamidele: It was a good performance, it was just a disappointing end

Andrew Omobamidele says it was a performance at Arsenal that the players could be proud of despite Norwich City being cruelly denied a point by a controversial goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Omobamidele was making his Premier League debut for Norwich City in the match, having recently made his first international appearance for the Republic of Ireland.

However, he was not able to celebrate a positive result, as Aubameyang tapped home a deflected shot from Nicolas Pépé to win the game. And the goal was allowed to stand by referee Michael Oliver, despite the Gabon striker appearing to be in an offside position.

“I think it was a good performance from the boys and we can be proud of it, it was just a disappointing end,” said Andrew. “I haven’t watched the goal back, but when I watched it on the screen, my immediate reaction was that it was offside, and I thought the linesman was going to flag. Our goal (against Leicester) was ruled offside and those moments at this level are so costly.

“I think they were periods in the game where we strung two or three passes together and we were arriving in the final third. The boys at the back defended well from crosses, so there are a lot of positives. I know it is early on and it is fresh and we might be a bit down but there a lot of positives that we can take.”

It has been a bit of a whirlwind week for Andrew who at 19 years old has played against two of the world’s best strikers in Cristiano Ronaldo, for Ireland, and Aubameyang.

“This that I want to be playing at and this is the type of opposition that I want to be playing against, week in, week out my whole career,” said Andrew. “So to play against them at a young age is a valuable experience.”

It is Watford at home next for Norwich City and Andrew added that a full week on the training pitch, with all the new signings, will make a difference going into next Saturday’s match at Carrow Road.

“It is going to be good because there are boys coming back from international duty and some boys that didn’t go on international duty so a week altogether on the training ground getting ready for Watford will be good.”

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