Angry Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta blames VAR for Everton defeat


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta blamed VAR and not fans’ protests for the club’s defeat to Everton at the Emirates after Bernd Leno’s own-goal in the 76th minute.

The result capped off a miserable day for the gunners, with supporters protesting against owner Stan Kroenke outside the ground before the game started.

Arteta, however, says the protests had no impact on his players’ performance against Everton and instead took aim at VAR.

The Spanish coach was unhappy as Arsenal had a penalty decision overturned because of a marginal offside call in the build-up leading to it, with Nicolas Pepe deemed to be just off.

Everton’s goal was also atight call, but Richarlison was deemed to have been onside. Asked if he was upset with VAR, Arteta said: “Obviously, it is because this has been building up and enough is enough and today I have had enough.

“We have had many of them that no-one explains and when they do explain they say sorry, it was a mistake but unfortunately it is affecting a lot of people and it is affecting our job and most importantly our football club.”

Arteta said he wasn’t against the use of VAR, but said he’d like referees to explain their decisions in public.

“I really like that we can make use of the technology. It is just we need consistency, clarity and we want to see the faces and response,” he said.

“So we are always here in front of the media, trying to explain the reasons why we do something or we do the other thing – and I think that has to be clear and explained.”

While Arteta was upset with VAR, he was not annoyed at the fans protest before the game. He said: “No, we knew that was happening and that our fans wanted to express their feelings and we made preparations with that in mind and it is not an excuse.

“We lost the game because when we had to define the game in the crucial moments, we had no clear chances and then we concede an own goal and when we earned the right to score, with the decisions that was taken away.”


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