Arteta’s Furious Reaction to VAR Controversy
Following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United, Mikel Arteta expressed his extreme frustration with VAR, calling it a “disgrace” and “embarrassing.”
The match’s only goal was scored by Anthony Gordon, but the buildup to the goal involved a series of contentious incidents, leading to a lengthy VAR check.
Multiple VAR Checks Add to Arsenal’s Woes
The first VAR check was initiated to determine whether Joe Willock, a former Arsenal player, managed to keep the ball in play in the buildup to the goal.
This was the initial point of contention. Subsequently, VAR proceeded to investigate whether Joelinton fouled Gabriel at the back post while contesting a header.
These multiple VAR interventions stirred controversy and frustration for Arsenal.
Arteta’s Strong Criticism of VAR
Arteta did not hold back in his criticism of VAR during both his post-match interview with Sky Sports and the subsequent press conference.
He passionately insisted, “We have to talk about how the hell this goal was allowed, it’s incredible. I feel embarrassed. It’s an absolute disgrace that this goal was allowed.”
The manager voiced his dissatisfaction with the VAR decisions.
Arteta’s Concerns About the Premier League
The Arsenal manager expressed his concerns about the Premier League in the wake of the controversial goal.
He challenged the league’s reputation as the best in the world, stating, “This is nowhere near the level to describe this as the best league in the world. I don’t care what they say, it’s too late.”
Arteta’s passionate reaction highlighted the high stakes and the impact of VAR controversies on teams and players.
Emotions Run High in Arsenal’s Defeat
Arteta continued to address the penalty decision on Eddie, adding to the frustration Arsenal felt in the match.
He stressed the significance of the three points at stake and lamented the impact of the VAR decisions on the game. Arteta’s strong emotions and criticism of VAR marked a contentious post-match reaction.
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