Mikel Arteta says talks with “officials” will “happen soon” as he goes in search of explanations for some of the decisions that have gone against Arsenal during matches this season.
The Spaniard made the comments after watching Gabriel Martinelli earn two yellow cards for two fouls made in the same action during tonight’s clash between Arsenal and Wolves.
Having taken umbrage with the officiating in his side’s first Premier League game of the year – the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on New Year’s Day – Arteta outlined his intentions to get answers as soon as possible.
“You ask me if I’m happy with the decisions that we have had this season, I’m not, at all,” he said after the Gunners’ 1-0 win. “But that’s a conversation I’ll have with the officials, privately.
“We need explanations, we need explanations for things that happened with VAR and explanations for today.”
Asked if the conversations had already taken place, he added: “No, but they are going to happen soon.”
Reflecting on tonight’s red card and the fact his players continue to get dismissed at an alarming rate, Arteta went on: “To be fair, it’s the first time I’ve seen a red card in 18 years since I’ve been in this league.
“I think you have to be pretty willing to give a red card in that situation. Still. it’s what happened and we know that playing with 10 men in this league, you’re not going to get points, enough points that we need, and we have to stop it.
“To be fair, it’s difficult to find more arguments and more ways to transmit that to the players. And everybody’s said that this is the most disciplined group that they have seen in the last 10-15 years but still they are getting red cards for other things.”