The Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has urged for improved cooperation between Premier League managers and referees to enhance the quality of the sport. Arteta expressed his disappointment over the decision to not overturn Anthony Gordon’s goal, despite VAR reviewing it for three different incidents. He described the outcome as a “shameful” and “humiliating” situation.
Although Arteta did not face any charges for his remarks, he stressed the importance of gaining knowledge from this experience and finding ways to make progress. He highlighted the significance of facilitating a smoother experience for players on the sidelines and proposed that technology and clubs should also contribute to elevating the game. Arteta emphasized the importance of unity in enhancing the game and highlighted referees as a crucial component in this process. He stressed that individual efforts will not yield effective results and called for collective collaboration.
Recently, the Spanish manager was subjected to a one-game touchline suspension and observed his team’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa from the stands. He recognized the accountability of those on the touchline to serve as role models, while also underscoring the significant impact that key decisions have on outcomes and the security of managers’ positions.
Arteta conveyed empathy towards his fellow managers, acknowledging the immense pressure they encounter and the meticulousness required in their profession. He expressed his enthusiasm for his position and his determination to carry on with it. With a total of 14 managers being dismissed in the previous year, Arteta comprehends the importance of outcomes and the sentimental connection to them.
Arteta is set to make his comeback on the sidelines at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, when Arsenal confront Brighton & Hove Albion. The Gunners will strive to regain their spot at the summit of the Premier League standings.