Mikel Arteta calls on managers to fight vs VAR ‘stink in the drawer’ of football

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta instructed his fellow Premier League colleagues to follow his lead in calling out VAR.

The former Manchester City assistant manager was still fuming from his side’s 1-0 Premier League defeat to Newcastle United. Arsenal have reportedly compiled a list of decisions that has gone against them in recent seasons.

However, Arteta was particularly furious with Anthony Gordon’s goal, which was reviewed to see if the ball had gone out of play, if it was offside in the build-up and if there was a foul from Joelinton on Gabriel Magalhaes, before Gordon tapped in the winner. After a hefty delay, the goal, which proved to be the winner, was allowed to stand. Despite having a few days to sleep on his thoughts, Arteta’s stance has, if anything, increased.

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“If you have a problem and you put it in your drawer, the problem is still there and at some point it’s going to stink,” Arteta said in his press conference, previewing Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Sevilla.

"So we have to talk loudly to improve things and that’s what we are trying to do. When we are all together for the managers' meetings, we all share the same feelings about this.

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“And I am sure I have the support of those managers when they are not directly affected by these decisions.” Arteta went on a spectacular rant in the pre-match press conference of his side’s loss at St James’ Park.

He repeatedly described the decisions in the stadium as a “disgrace” but focused on the Magpies’ second half goal. The result saw Arsenal drop down to fourth position in the Premier League.

They would have been joint first had they overcome Eddie Howe’s side in the North East. Instead, they are trailing first placed Manchester City by three points and are only one point away from fifth placed Aston Villa.

However, victory over the La Liga giants will all but seal Arsenal’s progression into the Round of 16 of the Champions League. Their place in the next round would be certain, if they overcome last season’s Europa League winners and Lens beat Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.

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