Let’s talk this weekend’s game between Newcastle vs Arsenal. The Gunners suffered a narrow defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday evening, leaving Gunners manager Mikel Arteta livid over the decision to allow Anthony Gordon’s winning goal for the Magpies.
The goal, which ultimately led to Arsenal’s loss, was shrouded in controversy as various checks were conducted before referee Stuart Attwell confirmed its validity, more than four minutes after the ball had crossed the line.
Arteta vehemently criticized the match officials following the 1-0 defeat, expressing his frustration and disbelief at the decisions made. The uncertainty arose from doubts about whether the ball had remained in play when Joe Willock retrieved it near the corner flag and subsequently crossed it into the box. After an extensive review, it was determined that the ball had stayed in play.
"I feel sick. That's how I feel. I feel sick to be part of this."— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 4, 2023
An ANGRY Mikel Arteta shares his thoughts on the controversial Newcastle goal that meant Arsenal suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season. 😳 pic.twitter.com/fYT5lyo6eF
However, there was another review following Willock’s cross, this time focusing on a possible foul by Joelinton. Once Joelinton was cleared of any offense, a final check for offside was conducted, leading to the eventual awarding of the goal.
The entire sequence of events left Arteta deeply frustrated, particularly as Arsenal lost ground on league leaders Manchester City, who had won 6-1 earlier in the day. Arteta expressed his outrage, calling the decisions “clear and obvious” errors and labeling the situation as embarrassing and a disgrace. He stressed the importance of addressing such issues, stating that Arsenal had been raising concerns with the referees’ body, PGMOL, for several months.
"It's distasteful" 😤— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 6, 2023
Stephen Warnock on Arsenal releasing a statement backing Mikel Arteta's post match comments after the the controversy over the VAR decision for the Newcastle goal 👀 pic.twitter.com/zfsOFbWjD1
In a scathing assessment, Arteta declared that the incidents, especially the controversial goal, were tarnishing the reputation of the Premier League. He criticized the league’s standing, stating that it fell far below the level required to be considered the best in the world. He concluded his press conference with a strong statement, expressing his profound disappointment and feeling of sickness about being part of such circumstances.
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