Mikel Arteta faces a misconduct charge from the English Football Association following remarks he made post-Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle. The Gunners’ manager criticized the VAR decision on Anthony Gordon’s goal, calling it a “disgrace.” The goal underwent three VAR checks favoring Newcastle. Arteta must respond by Tuesday to the FA charge, which alleges his comments are insulting to officials, detrimental to the game, and bring it into disrepute.
💬 "I have no regrets with what the players have tried to do, the way they have performed."
Arteta assesses the outcome on Tyneside 👇
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 4, 2023
Arsenal, in a club statement, fully supports Arteta’s stance, emphasizing that players, coaches, and fans “deserve better.” Arteta, reiterating his position, sees it as his “duty” to defend the club. VAR scrutinized three aspects of the goal: potential ball out of play, a possible foul, and potential offside. The defeat on November 4 halted Arsenal’s unbeaten start, leaving them one point behind the Premier League’s top spot in third place.