North London club, Arsenal have lent their approval to comments spewed by Manager Mikel Arteta following the admission of a controversial goal by Newcastle’s Anthony Gordon on Sunday at St James’ Park.
The decision saw the Gunners slip into their first season defeat in the English Premier League after failing to level the deficit.
Furious Arteta at a post-match presser said the decision was embarrassing and a disgrace.
“How the hell did this goal stand up? It’s incredible. I feel embarrassed. It’s an absolute disgrace that this was allowed. For many reasons, it’s not a goal. It’s so difficult to compete at this level. This is nowhere near the [refereeing] level to describe this as the best league in the world. I feel sick to be part of this.”
“I have to stand here and explain, we lost three points. There’s too much at stake. It’s embarrassing. It’s incredible how the players competed against this team, it makes me sick. I feel sick to be part of this.”
In a statement, the club said they wholeheartedly support Arteta’s comments
“Arsenal Football Club wholeheartedly supports Mikel Arteta’s post-match comments after yet more unacceptable refereeing and VAR errors on Saturday evening.”
It added, “The Premier League is the best league in the world with the best players, coaches and supporters, all of whom deserve better. PGMOL urgently needs to address the standard of officiating and focus on action which moves us all on from retrospective analysis, attempted explanations and apologies.”
Newcastle’s winner stemmed from a controversial Anthony Gordon goal which underwent a VAR check for going out of play in the build-up, a potential foul on Gunners defender Gabriel and for offside.