Arsenal Manager Expresses Frustration and Embarrassment Over VAR Decision at St James’ Park
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta didn’t mince his words in a fiery post-match press conference following his team’s controversial defeat to Newcastle, expressing his deep frustration with VAR and the Premier League.
Newcastle secured victory at St James’ Park with Anthony Gordon’s second-half strike. However, the celebrations were overshadowed by VAR’s decision to award the goal after checking multiple incidents leading up to Gordon’s finish.
Despite initial doubts about the ball going out of play before Joe Willock’s involvement, VAR ruled “inconclusive evidence.” The officials then investigated a potential foul on Gabriel Magalhaes and an offside against Gordon. Eventually, referee Stuart Atwell gave the green light to the goal.
Arteta, visibly angered, slammed VAR and the league’s inconsistencies in the post-match press conference, stating that he felt “embarrassed” to be a part of the Premier League. He criticized the decision to allow the goal, calling it an “absolute disgrace.”
“We have to talk about the result because we have to talk about how the hell this goal stands up. It’s incredible. I feel embarrassed, but I have to be the one to come in here and try to defend the club and please ask for help because it’s an absolute disgrace that this goal is allowed. It’s a disgrace,” Arteta asserted.
When asked why he considered it a disgrace, Arteta responded, “Because it’s not a goal, for many reasons, it’s not a goal but for more than one reason at least. There’s too much at stake here. We put in so much effort. It’s so difficult to compete at this level, and it’s an absolute disgrace. I feel embarrassed; I have been more than 20 years in this country, and this is nowhere near the level to describe it as the best league in the world.”
Arteta emphasized the frustration of having multiple checks and lack of clear camera angles, referencing an incident involving Eddie Nketiah in the penalty area. He passionately argued that Arsenal was incredibly hard done by, stating, “We lost three points today guys, you know what that means? It’s too hard this league; there’s too much at stake. It’s embarrassing.”
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