In Summary 
  • Gordon’s goal condemned the Gunners to their first Premier League defeat of the season.
  • Claims for an apparent offside were also not upheld

An unhappy Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has expressed his dissapointment  with the video assistant referee’s (VAR) decision that allowed Newcastle to score in their 1-0 victory.

Arteta called the decision “embarrassing” and a “disgrace.”

“We didn’t deserve to lose the match. We lose the match because of the clear and obvious decisions. It’s embarrassing. A disgrace. That’s what it is – a disgrace,”

“You cannot imagine the amount of messages I got saying this cannot continue. I am wasting my time. We are wasting our time. I don’t want to be in the hands of people.” Arteta said in an interview with the Press. 

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During the game, there was a contentious moment when Anthony Gordon scored a goal for Newcastle.

The goal survived not one, not two, but three VAR checks.

Arsenal argued that the ball had gone out of play during the play leading up to the goal. Additionally, they claimed that their player, Gabriel, was pushed in the back, which, in their view, should have resulted in a foul.

“The outcome is nowhere near the level this league needs to have. It’s not good enough. I feel embarrassed to be part of this,”

Eddie Howe Happy 

Moreover, there were claims of an apparent offside, but VAR decided not to uphold those claims. VAR mentioned that they could not determine the exact moment when the ball was passed to Gordon, making it a difficult decision to make.

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“It’s not a goal. For many reasons it’s not a goal. For more than one reason it’s not a goal. It’s too much at stake. We put so much effort, it’s so difficult to compete at this level, and it’s an absolute disgrace. I feel embarrassed,”

As a result of this decision, Arsenal’s previously unbeaten start in the Premier League came to an end, leaving Mikel Arteta and Arsenal fans frustrated with the outcome of the match.

But Newcastle boss Eddie Howe, unsurprisingly said they deserved the win.

“It looked a good goal to me,” he said. 




November 5, 2023

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