After Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta strongly criticized VAR. Anthony Gordon scored a contentious winning goal in the second half, marking the end of the Gunners’ undefeated season start at St James’ Park. The goal underwent a lengthy four-minute VAR review, during which the officials determined that the ball did not cross the line, Joelinton did not commit a foul on Gabriel Magalhaes, and Gordon was not offside. Arteta was visibly upset by the decision after the match.
“I have praised my players for the way they played and competed in this stadium against this team. The result should not be what it is; there are many reasons for that. If there was a team looking to win the game today, it was Arsenal.
“Embarrassing what happened—how this goal stands in the Premier League—this league we say is the best in the world. I’ve been 20 years in this country and now I feel ashamed. It’s a disgrace and there’s too much at stake here.
“The outcome is nowhere near the level this league needs to have and the way this league is getting competed in. It’s not good enough. I feel embarrassed to be part of this,” Arteta told BBC MOTD.