One phase decided the match between Newcastle United and Arsenal (1-0). There were no fewer than three debatable points at that stage. Gunners coach Mikel Arteta could barely contain his anger after the match and went completely wild.
The 41-year-old coach was of course referring to the phase in which Anthony Gordon scored the winning goal. There was a lot of fuss about that afterwards, because something happened. Joe Willock was able to keep a weak shot in and crossed for Joelinton, but he seemed to push Arsenal defender Gabriel away beforehand.
To top it all off, Gordon tapped the ball in from the edge (still not clear) of offside. Ref Stuart Atwell approved the goal, but the Arsenal players obviously disagreed. The VAR checked the goal for several minutes and no error was seen on all three previous phases. The goal went through.
Mikel Arteta couldn’t believe it all and was furious. “How on earth could this goal go ahead? It’s unbelievable and an absolute shame. There are many reasons why this goal should be disallowed.”
“What is happening here is not even close to the standard that the referees should have in the best league in the world. I feel sick to be part of this. But I have to stand here and explain how we lost three points. It was certainly not in the hands of the players. This is simply humiliating.”