Arsenal may not have deserved to win at Newcastle but defeat thanks to a controversial second half winner fuelled a sense of injustice that the manager carried into the post-game press conference and beyond.
While the manager couldn’t hide his disappointment at the quality of the officiating, there were other talking points he and a few others touched on at St James’ Park.
Mikel Arteta on his side’s performance
I have no regrets with what the players have tried to do, the way they have performed. We will continue to do that but we cannot be in the hands of other people with the amount of work that we put in and the amount of effort that goes in, how much is at stake in a game for a football club and everything that is behind us. It is not good enough and we cannot accept that, I’m sorry.
Eddie Howe on his side’s win…
A massive win for us, a massive performance from the players. So, so pleased with them. A really tough game, it always is against Arsenal, both teams made it a battle. It maybe wasn’t the game we prepared for, a lot of physical play in midfield, a lot of duels but I thought the players did really well physically. It’s a massive win. It’s a bizarre moment [the goal] because the ball goes in and you usually have a feeling for whether the VAR is going to get involved, my initial feeling was that it wouldn’t but then I saw the referee’s reaction and I thought, “Oh, we could be in trouble here.” I didn’t expect three separate checks, I don’t know how tight the calls were but we’re delighted the goal was given.
0 – Arsenal have failed to score in all competitions for the first time this season (17th game). Newcastle were also the first team to stop the Gunners from scoring in the Premier League last term (0-0 in January). Curtailed. pic.twitter.com/eMpu2pgFn3
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David Raya on Newcastle’s goal…
My point of view is I saw the ball going out of play. I think it is a foul on Gabriel, he [Joelinton] pushes him on the back and the decision was it wasn’t a foul. I don’t think it was supposed to go that way. And in my opinion it was offside. We are very, very disappointed.
Mikel Arteta on Odegaard’s injury…
We don’t know, we have to assess that but that’s not the topic for now.
Source: Sky Sports
I feel SICK & ASHAMED! 🤬
Mikel Arteta EXPLODES on VAR 💥
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Anthony Gordon on the game…
I think it was a great game, two top teams trying to win it and today was our day. As far as the VAR is concerned, I was just praying. I didn’t know what was going on. I was just really happy it got approved.
Jamie Carragher on David Raya’s role in the Newcastle goal…
Let’s not get lost in all the VAR stuff. The Arsenal goalkeeper has again made another massive mistake. This is a massive problem for Mikel Arteta, it’s a huge problem. Again, he’s made the same mistake in huge game as he did at Chelsea. He hasn’t got away with it. He’s telling his players to get out but watch him now, he keeps edging and edging forward and when the ball leaves his [Willock’s] foot, he’s outside his near post. This is a recurring theme with this goalkeeper. He finds himself out of position and can’t reach.
Source: Sky Sports