Author: John Mawuli Atidigah
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta was not happy after his side lost to the Everton Toffees last night in the Premier League.
Here is what the Spanish technician said during his press conference at the end of the match. “Canceling a penalty like that, for a foul 15 seconds earlier, after eight or nine touches of the ball, I’ve seen that ten times already and I still don’t understand. It can be decided as they want. Zero control. Someone needs to explain that, “he blurted out, pointing to the match referee’s decision.
The Gunners were beaten 1-0 by Carlo Ancelotti side after Leno deflected the ball into his own net as the London side remains 9th position on the Premier League table.
Arteta admits that error is part of football but you have to be prepared to lift yourself up as he claims they didn’t deserve to lose the game.
“I think we didn’t deserve to lose the match at the end. There are some things that we can do better and we can control and unfortunately, there are others that we can’t and [they] really affect the game.
“We didn’t have the clarity and the quality to resolve some situations. I think we created some chances, certainly more than them and we had much more control of the game.
“But then as well we scored an own goal and when we needed the decisions, that we earned, those were taken away [by VAR].”
On whether the defeat was due to fans protest.
When asked if the defeat was due to what happened, Arteta said “No. We knew that that was happening, we knew 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 we had to define the game in the crucial moment, we had the openings or the chances, no clear chances that we wanted, we didn’t do that and then we conceded an own goal. Obviously when we earn the right to score with the decision that was taken away.”
Arsenal Fans think is time for the team to move on from Arteta since results aren’t encouraging. They fear they might not play European football next season should they miss out on this season’s Europa League. They are calling Mikel Arteta Out.