Mikel Arteta said Anthony GordonThe goal in Newcastle United’s 1-0 win over Arsenal was an “absolute disgrace” and “embarrassment” for the Premier League.
Gordon’s 64th-minute goal on Saturday was awarded by referee Stuart Atwell after three separate VAR checks to assess whether the ball had gone out of play, whether Jolinton had fouled Gunners defender Gabriel and whether Gordon was offside.
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After a long wait for VAR reviews to be completed by Andy Madley, Gordon’s goal was awarded and Newcastle held on to secure victory and hand Arsenal their first Premier League defeat of the season.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Arsenal manager Arteta was furious at the decision.
“It’s incredible that we have to talk about the result,” Arteta said. “We need to talk about how this goal is set. I feel embarrassed.
“It’s an absolute disgrace that this goal is allowed. It’s not a goal — for many reasons.
“To allow a goal, there are certain things before that, things that are not allowed here in football or in China or Japan or Portugal.”
The Premier League’s use of VAR has been widely criticized following a series of controversial incidents this season.
Arteta said Newcastle’s goal decision process was another example of the Premier League being damaged by VAR interpretation.
“There’s so much at stake, it’s so difficult to compete at this level,” Arteta said. “It’s a disgrace. I’ve spent over 20 years in this country and it’s nowhere near the level of the best leagues in the world.
“I don’t care what they are [Premier League] Ball ball. Too late.
“I have to stand here and explain. We’ve lost three points. There’s so much at stake, it’s embarrassing.”
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe, while he believes it was a good goal, admitted the process behind the decision was unclear.
“We’re in the dark,” Howe said. “We are standing by the pitch looking at the VAR on the screen but there is no image.
“I saw nothing but what I saw at the time. It seemed like a good goal to me.”