Arsenal Football Club has issued an official statement strongly endorsing their head coach, Mikel Arteta, following his post-match comments in which he criticized VAR.
The comments came in the aftermath of Arsenal’s first Premier League loss this season, a controversial encounter against Newcastle United.
The Controversial Match:
In the match that unfolded at St James’ Park on Saturday, Anthony Gordon scored the lone goal of the game after several minutes of VAR scrutiny.
The contentious decision led to an array of reactions from fans, players, and officials.
Arsenal’s Support for Arteta:
Arsenal, in their statement, expressed wholehearted support for Mikel Arteta’s post-match remarks, which highlighted the frustrations regarding refereeing decisions and VAR errors.
Acknowledgment of Effort:
The club also acknowledged the remarkable effort and performance exhibited by the Arsenal players during the match at St James’ Park.
This support extends not only to Arteta but to the entire team and their dedicated supporters.
A Call for Improvement:
Arsenal emphasized the Premier League’s status as the best league in the world, populated by top-tier players, coaches, and fans who all deserve a higher standard of officiating.
The club urged the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to urgently address the quality of refereeing and prioritize tangible actions over retrospective analysis, explanations, and apologies.
Support for Refereeing Standards:
Arsenal expressed support for the ongoing efforts of Chief Refereeing Officer Howard Webb and extended an invitation to collaborate in achieving the world-class officiating standards the Premier League demands.