[Sport] Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta angered by VAR decision

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Mikel Arteta was left angered by yet again another VAR decision in Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Everton on Friday evening at the Emirates Stadium.

Everton’s goal came in the second half thanks to Bernd Leno putting the ball into his own net to ensure the Toffees complete a double over Arsenal in 35 years. Arsenal were denied a penalty in the second half after midfielder Dani Ceballos was brought down inside the danger zone from Richarlison’s challenge. 

The decision to give the Gunners a penalty was overturned after the VAR check ruled Nicolas Pepe was offside during the build-up. 

“This has been building up. Enough is enough. Today I have had enough,” said an irate Arteta.

“We’ve had many of them that nobody explains. It affects a lot of people, our job, and most importantly our football club.” 

“What they [the match officials] do is behind the telephone. That’s what I cannot understand.” 

“We were the better team but there are certain decisions that we can’t control. To disallow a penalty 15 seconds before – [we had] eight or nine touches [after Nicolas Pepe was offside] – I saw it 10 times and I don’t get it. It can be taken the way they want. Zero control. Somebody has to explain that.”

“We were the better team. We lacked some clear-cut chances and the edge in the final third. They are very well organized but we conceded the goal at the wrong moment and we had the penalty but it wasn’t given.”

The Gunners will now put their focus on the Europa League first-leg semi-final against Villarreal next week on Thursday.

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