Mikel Arteta dodges chance to explain why Newcastle goal against Arsenal shouldn’t have counted

The Gunners' boss was fuming

Mikel Arteta dodges chance to explain why Newcastle goal against Arsenal shouldn’t have counted
Mikel Arteta launched a defence of his passionate outburst that followed Saturday's defeat at Newcastle
Mikel Arteta launched a defence of his passionate outburst that followed Saturday’s defeat at Newcastle (Picture: Hayters TV)

Mike Arteta declined the opportunity to explain why he felt Newcastle’s controversial goal in Saturday’s win over Arsenal should have been ruled out.

The Gunners surrendered their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign after Anthony Gordon scrappy effort proved enough for the Magpies to emerge with a narrow victory.

Gordon’s goal was the subject of three separate reviews with the ball being out of play, a foul on Gabriel by Joelinton and a potential offside all having been examined by the VAR official.

The official, however, deemed that there was insufficient evidence to rule the goal out, while a possible Joelinton handball was not relevant given he was not the goalscorer.

Arteta launched into a furious tirade after the game, which also saw Bruno Guimaraes avoid a red card despite clearly striking Jorginho with his forearm, but did not specify why he felt the goal should’ve been chalked off.

Asked again why he felt so passionately ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Sevilla, Arteta said: ‘Now we talk about Sevilla and the beautiful game that we have to play tomorrow.’

‘It is my duty to stand in front of you, to stand in front of the cameras and give a very clear and honest assessment of what happens in the game,’ Arteta added.

‘This is what I did, reflect very openly how I felt that the team played and how they game was conditioned by this result with the decisions that were made.

‘It’s the duty, my duty is defending my players, supporting my players, supporting my club, defending my people in the best possible way and this is what I’m going to do time after time.

‘I do it the way I feel with the evidence and being as clear as possible and I always do it. When we play brilliantly, to say that, when we have lost, to take my responsibility, the first one me to do it. It’s the way that I am and I have to defend my club.

‘One thing is my duty towards you guys and then my duty as a coach to do what we have to do.

‘This is exactly what I’ve done, nothing special, nothing different, and I would do it and the club would do it again and again until this is right.

‘Until this is right, we have to be better on the pitch and win more football games. That’s it.’

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