June 17, 2024

VAR controversies: Arsenal back Arteta following post-Newcastle outbursts 

Arsenal Football Club have expressed their support for Mikel Arteta following his post Newcastle match outburst over VAR errors that ended the team’s unbeaten record in the league.

Arsenal lost by a slender 1-0 to Newcastle, thanks to Anthony Gordon’s goal after a lengthy VAR check.

This was the first time Arsenal failed to score in all competitions this season (17th game).

Arteta described the controversial goal as embarrassing, saying, “It’s not a goal.”

While reacting, the club said in a statement on their website, said: “Arsenal Football Club wholeheartedly supports Mikel Arteta’s post-match comments after yet more unacceptable refereeing and VAR errors on Saturday evening.

“We’d also like to acknowledge the huge effort and performance from our players and travelling supporters at St James’ Park.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world with the best players, coaches and supporters, all of whom deserve better. PGMOL urgently needs to address the standard of officiating and focus on action which moves us all on from retrospective analysis, attempted explanations and apologies.

Arsenal, in the statement, noted that they’re ready to support efforts achieve the world-class officiating standards the Premier League demands.

“We support the ongoing efforts of Chief Refereeing Officer, Howard Webb and would welcome working together to achieve the world-class officiating standards our league demands.”

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