‘It’s a disgrace!’ – Furious Mikel Arteta slams Newcastle’s controversial goal in Arsenal loss
The Spaniard launched into an explosive tirade after the game.
The Gunners fell behind at St James’ Park in the 64th minute when Anthony Gordon poked home from close range, but the VAR needed to check three separate instances and was unable to find definitive angles for two of the potential infringements.
Before crossing into the box, there were question marks over whether Joe Willock managed to keep the ball in play by the far corner flag – though no available camera angle could 100 per cent confirm that the whole of the ball had crossed the byline.
There was then a potential shove from Joelinton on Gabriel Magalhaes before the VAR was unable to establish a definitive point of contact to check if Gordon had been onside as the ball ricocheted to him.
The decision was an incredibly hard one for the officials but Arteta had no sympathy afterwards, claiming it clearly should have been disallowed and slamming VAR, saying he felt ‘sick’ that the goal was awarded.
A clearly livid Arteta told Sky Sports after the match: ‘We didn’t deserve to lose the match playing, and we didn’t lose the match… because of the clear and obvious decisions. It’s embarrassing. It’s a disgrace. That’s what it is. It’s a disgrace.’
Asked if he would be taking it up with PGMOL, Arteta replied: ‘We’ve been taking it for many months.
‘There’s too much at stake. We put in so many hours. I’m here to represent this football club and make my team compete at the highest level. The margins are so small. It’s a disgrace.
‘It’s embarrassing and that’s how I feel – that’s how everybody feels in that room. You can’t imagine the amount of messages saying, “This can’t continue”. It’s embarrassing. I’m sorry. It’s embarrassing.
‘I defend my players when I have to, I defend my job when I have to. It is not good enough, it is not good enough. But I have to be here to say it now. It’s not acceptable. There’s too much at stake.’
He continued: ‘You look at the images and I don’t know how to feel. I’m wasting my time. We are wasting our team.
‘I don’t want to be in the hands of people. It’s difficult enough to compete against this team – they are a really good team. The way we played, the way we competed.
‘It cannot continue like this, it’s embarrassing. There is too much at stake. Again, I’m repeating myself.’
In his press conference, he continued his tirade: ‘We have to talk about how the hell this goal was allowed to stand. I feel embarrassed. But I have to be the one now to come in here and try to defend the club and please ask for help because it is an absolute disgrace that this goal is allowed. An absolute disgrace.
‘It is not a goal. For many reasons it is not a goal. For more than one reason at least it’s not a goal. There’s too much at stake.
‘I’ve been more than 20 years in this country and this is nowhere near the level to describe this as the best league in the world, I’m sorry.’
When he was told that the VAR did not have the necessary camera angles, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t care. I don’t care what they say. It’s the outcome, it’s too late. Whatever they say it’s too late.
‘It’s simple, it is not a goal. It is not a goal. Simple. For a goal to be allowed there are certain things prior to that – the ball hitting one metre from the goal – that are not allowed in football. In football. Here, in China, in Japan, in Spain, in Italy and in Portugal. They are not allowed. That’s what happens.’
He added: ‘I feel sick, that’s how I feel. I feel sick to be part of this.’
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