Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta says he stands by comments he made about Anthony Gordon’s controversial goal in his side’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle and insists it is his “duty” to protect his club and players.
Arteta described the decision to award Gordon’s 64th-minute goal after three separate VAR checks on Saturday as “disrespectful” and “embarrassing” for the Premier League.
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Speaking ahead of his side’s Champions League game against Sevilla, Arteta was defiant.
“It’s my duty to you, to stand in front of the camera and give a very clear and honest assessment of what happens in the game,” he said at Tuesday’s press conference. “That’s what I did. I reflected very openly that I was conditioned by how the team played and how the game was decided.
“It’s my responsibility to protect my players, support my players, protect my club, support my club in the best possible way. That’s what I’m going to do time after time.”
Arsenal said in a statement on Sunday that they “fully support” Arteta after he criticized Stuart Atwell’s handling of his duties and asked the Referees’ Organization (PGMOL) to look into refereeing standards.
“I think we really have to stand up for our people, our values and who we are,” Arteta said. “And when the club did it, it did it at a very specific moment for the right reasons, and it’s the unity and understanding that exists within the club. It shows, positioning yourself in a really clear and honest way It is our duty as a club “
Arteta: My duty is to protect my club
Michel Arteta says he stands by his comments following Arsenal’s defeat to Newcastle at the weekend.
Arteta did not explain why Gordon’s goal should have been disallowed but reiterated that “referee mistakes are part of the game.”
“I’m adamant that mistakes are part of football in any other way, and we’re here to constructively improve the game in any way we can,” he said. “At the club, personally in my role as a manager, in managers’ meetings, to play better.” That’s the only thing we want to achieve, everyone. “That’s it.”
Arteta is confident his side can bounce back from their first league defeat of the season and secure qualification for the Champions League knockout stages when they host Sevilla in Group B on Wednesday.
The Gunners will be without the injured Gabriel Jesus Martin Odegaard suspicious
“The moment you get the chance to put football to bed, do it,” Arteta said of the prospect of reaching the Champions League knockout rounds with two games to go. “We need to build on a lot of things that we did right against Newcastle, improve a few things, especially in the final third, to be more threatening, but for the rest, the way the team played, the way we competed, it was. Awesome.”