ARSENAL have issued a statement in support of manager Mikel Arteta following his passionate rant about VAR.
The Gunners boss was outraged after his team made a series of controversial decisions in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.
And now the club have released an official statement expressing their support for the Spaniard your website.
It said: “Arsenal Football Club fully supports Mikel Arteta’s post-match comments following further unacceptable refereeing and VAR errors on Saturday evening.”
“We would also like to recognize the enormous effort and performance of our players and traveling fans at St. James’ Park.”
“The Premier League is the best league in the world with the best players, coaches and fans, all of whom deserve better.”
“PGMOL urgently needs to address the standard of conduct and focus on measures that stop us all from retrospective analysis, explanations and apologies.
“We support the ongoing efforts of Chief Refereeing Officer Howard Webb and would look forward to working together to achieve the world-class refereeing standards required by our league.”
Arteta made it clear he felt Anthony Gordon’s goal should not have stood during last night’s heated clash.
Questions were raised about whether the ball went out of play in the lead-up to the goal, there was a possible offside call and a foul by Joelinton on Gabriel Magalhaes.
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Aside from the controversy surrounding the goal, both Arsenal fans and players were perplexed by the VAR’s decision not to send off Bruno Guimaraes.
The Newcastle midfielder was sent off without a yellow card after his flailing arm crashed into the back of Jorginho’s head.
After his team suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season, Arteta didn’t hold back in his analysis of refereeing.
I’ll keep talking Sky SportsHe said: “I praised my players for the performance and the way we played – we didn’t deserve to lose the game.”
“We lost the game because of the clear and obvious decisions. It’s embarrassing. It’s a shame. That’s exactly what it is, a shame.”
And when asked if he planned to escalate the issue with the PGMOL, Arteta promised to discuss the matter with the top.
He said, “Yes. We will keep it up for many months. There is so much at stake and we have put in so many hours.”
“I am here to represent the football club and get my team to compete at the highest level.
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“The scope is so small. It’s a shame. It’s embarrassing. That’s how I feel and that’s how everyone in this room feels.” [the dressing room].
“You can’t imagine how many messages we’ve received saying, ‘This can’t go on.’ It’s embarrassing, I’m sorry, embarrassing.”