Angry Mikel Arteta can’t hide true feelings after Arsenal endure more VAR controversy

Mikel Arteta saw his Arsenal side fall to a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday, a result which sees the Gunners fall behind Liverpool at the top of the table An unhappy Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal suffered defeat at Aston Villa thanks to TWO “clear and obvious” errors from referee Jared Gillett – both of which VAR refused to overturn.

Kai Havertz thought he had handed the Gunners a share of the spoils at Villa Park when he turned the ball into the net from close range late on. But referee Gillett ruled out the effort for handball, with VAR upholding the call after a lengthy review. And early in the second half, the video assistant referee again backed Gillett when Gabriel Jesus appeared to be kicked in the calf by Douglas Luiz while in the penalty area; Gillett gave nothing, and while the VAR took a look, he decided to go with the on-field decision.
Those decisions ultimately ensured Unai Emery’s side landed a 15th successive Premier League win on home soil, after John McGinn’s first half effort. But Arteta, who had been forced to watch the game from the stands due to suspension, bristled post match and made his frustrations clear, both in his TV interviews and his press conference.
When asked about the decisions by Sky Sports, he initially refused to comment, but when asked if he had an opinion on the decision stated simply: “I do, a big opinion.”

And when pressed by Match of the Day about the refereeing decisions, Arteta – who is currently waiting to learn whether he will be suspended for comments made about officials after a controversial loss at Newcastle, said: “It’s clear and obvious for me”.

The Spaniard was immediately asked about both decisions when he entered his post-match press conference, to which he merely responded: “Clear and obvious”. Asked to clarify he reiterated: “That’s what I mean, clear and obvious. That’s my opinion, that’s all I can say.”
Arteta insisted that his side didn’t deserve to be beaten, declared “I though we were the better team and didn’t deserve to lose the game at all – but this is football.

“You have to put the ball in the net and that’s the only thing we missed today. We generated some big, big chances bringing the ball higher up. We still lost the game.”
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard agreed with his manager, declaring: “We had enough chances to win the game. I felt they didn’t create anything apart from the goal. It happens sometimes.
We gave them an easy goal but after that we controlled it and should have scored. We didn’t deserve to lose but that’s football.”

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