Mikel Arteta has expressed his frustration as VAR denied Arsenal a crucial penalty in a 1-0 home defeat to Everton on Friday night’s Premier League.
An error from Bernd Leno saw the Gunners slip to a frustrating 1-0 loss on an evening where home supporters gathered outside the Emirates Stadium to protest against Arsenal owners following Super League actions.
Arsenal were awarded a Penalty when Dani Ceballos fell after Richarlison’s challenge but the decision was overturned by VAR after Nicolas Pepe was spotted offside during the build up.
“This has been building up. Enough is enough. Today I have had enough,” said an irate Arteta on Sky Sports “We’ve had many of them that nobody explains. It affects a lot of people, our job and most importantly our football club.
“What they [the match officials] do is behind the telephone. That’s what I cannot understand.
“We were the better team but there are certain decisions that we can’t control. To disallow a penalty 15 seconds before – [we had] eight or nine touches [after Nicolas Pepe was offside] – I saw it 10 times and I don’t get it. It can be taken the way they want. Zero control. Somebody has to explain that.
“We were the better team. We lacked some clear-cut chances and the edge in the final third. They are very well organised but we conceded the goal in the wrong moment and we had the penalty but it wasn’t given.”