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Soccer News of Sunday, 5 November 2023


Mikel Arteta lashes out at VAR after controversial Newcastle United decision

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Mikel Arteta was left fuming after Arsenal went 1-0 down to Newcastle United at St.James Park on November 4th.

Anthony Gordon scored the only goal of the game in the second half and after a series of VAR checks, the goal was allowed to stand.

Joe Willock appeared to cross the ball into the Gunner's area after it had crossed the line before Joelinetons seemingly handled and fouled Gabriel Magalhaes.

There have also been concerns that Gordon might have been offside in the first place before thumping the ball past David Raya.

Speaking after the game, an incensed Areta branded the VAR a disgrace, with the loss erasing his side's unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

"It's a disgrace. It's embarrassing. That's how I feel and that's how everybody feels in that dressing room. You cannot imagine the amount of messages we've got saying this cannot continue. It's embarrassing. I'm sorry, embarrassing," as quoted by Sky Sports.
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The St.James Park incident is the latest one in a long line of controversial decisions that have rocked the Premier League this season. Liverpool were denied a valid goal against Tottenham Hotspur when Luis Diaz was adjudged to have been offside.

Wolverhampton Wanderers were also denied a penalty against Manchester United in the opening game week, among other contentious decisions.

"I feel sick. That's how I feel. I feel sick to be part of this. It is not good enough and we cannot accept that."