“It’s a shame,” railed coach Mikel Arteta after Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle, the first of the season in the league, conceded on Saturday after a goal validated after a long use of video assistance .
“It's shameful what happened, the way the goal was scored, in the Premier League - the championship that is presented as the best in the world,” Arteta told the BBC. “I have been in this country for twenty years and now I am ashamed. It's a shame". Anthony Gordon's goal (64th) was validated after triple use of video assistance. The refereeing body looked at a possible ball outing, a possible foul by Joelinton on defender Gabriel and a possible offside, before confirming it.
“We try to do incredible things and be at our best every week. When we are not good enough, I take responsibility,” added Arteta. But “the result is far from being up to the level that this league must have and the way in which it is contested. I'm embarrassed to have participated in this." In front of the Sky Sports camera, the Spanish coach hit the nail on the head, repeating several times: "it's shameful, it's a shame". I have to come here to say that this is not acceptable, the stakes are too high. On the same channel, goalkeeper David Raya also said he was frustrated “and very, very disappointed” by the way the defeat occurred. »From my point of view, I saw the ball come out. I think there is a foul on Gabriel, he (Joelinton) pushes him in the back and the decision is that there is no foul. (...) And in my opinion, it is offside.