Mikel Arteta says talks with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) will take place soon with the Spaniard still seeking answers for the way Arsenal’s matches have been officiated this season.
The Spaniard made clear his intentions for a showdown with the group following last Thursday’s win over Wolves; a game that saw attacked Gabriel Martinelli red-carded in unusual circumstances for two fouls committed in the space of a few seconds without play being stopped in between.
Arteta has previously expressed his exasperation about the incoherent use of VAR and the way opponents have kicked 12 shades of sh*t out of his players without being punished.
“Not yet,” he replied when asked if he’d had a meeting with PGMOL general manager Mike Riley.
“That’s happening soon but obviously we have reported the opinion and the lack of understanding on the [Martinelli] decision.”
Having had a few days to reflect on the Martinelli sending off, he was asked if his view on the incident had changed.
“I’ve had so many videos that people have sent me over the years with different actions and how [decisions] have happened,” he replied.
“I gave my opinion at the end of the match and there’s nothing we can do about it right now.”
Arteta also joked that he’s given up telling his players not to get sent off as his warnings to date have made no difference.
“Probably, I don’t talk about it no more,” he said. “The more we talk about it, the worse we are making it.”
Asked if his players are unfairly targeted by the officials, he said: “I don’t want to think like that. There have been various reasons, very different ones for how we’ve picked up red cards.
“Somehow we have to stop it because it’s going to affect performances and results, for sure. That has to be our aim and our focus.
“Don’t try to blame the refs, we have to believe the referees are going to do what they have to do and we have to do what we have to do.”