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boss Mikel Arteta ‘so disappointed’ after loosing against Aston Villa



Mikel Arteta admitted he was ‘so disappointed’ with Arsenal’s defeat to Aston Villa as he felt his side dominated the game and the better team lost.

Ollie Watkins’ early goal proved decisive for the 1-0 win at Villa Park – the Gunners’ second defeat in the West Midlands in five days.

Watkins put Villa ahead in the second minute with a deflected shot past Arsenal debutant Mat Ryan.


Former Gunners keeper Emiliano Martinez made good saves to keep out a Granit Xhaka free-kick in the first half and a Nicolas Pepe effort after the break.

Ryan also pulled off some decent stops, including denying Jack Grealish as Villa pushed for a second goal late in the game.

At the other end, substitute Martin Odegaard fired a good chance over the bar as Arsenal slipped to another loss, four days on from the 2-1 reverse at Wolves.

Although there was controversy surrounding the David Luiz red card at Molineux, Arteta claimed his side deserved to win this time around after dominating the game.


“Yeah very disappointing not to win the game obviously,” he told talkSPORT. “But we gave them a goal and another three chances, we just gave them.

“It’s not as if they earned them, we just gave them to them. And then, in the opponent’s box, we have that amount of situations and chances and if you don’t score them, it is impossible to win the game.

“So incredible; dominating the whole game and dominating every single department that you have to dominate to beat this team, but you lose again.

It’s a similar story with Wolves and it’s incredible it has happened two times in five days, but it is down to us.”


Luiz saw his appeal rejected for his challenge on Willian Jose, but the Gunners again felt as though chances went against them on Saturday.

Although Arteta refused to go into specifics, the Spaniard felt as though ‘many’ decisions went against his side and lamented the decisions by the officials.

“We just give the games away,” he added. “When the opponent is better, just shake hands and let’s work on it.

But when the team plays the way they played again today, you HAVE to win the game. It happened against Wolves – okay with the decision – today there were many other decisions that went against us.


“But still, with what you produced today, you have to win the game.”

As if to add further insult to injury, summer signing Thomas Partey limped off the field once again after enduring a frustrating start to his career in north London.

“He had a muscular issue,” Arteta confirmed. “He could not carry on playing.”

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Mikel Arteta demands answers over ‘obvious’ penalty Arsenal were denied in Burnley draw



Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was left fuming following his side’s 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor because of the ‘obvious and clear’ penalty the Spaniard thought the Gunners should have been awarded.


It was a passage of play that saw Nicolas Pepe take on the Burnley left-back Erik Pieters, whose arm appeared to meet the ball and block it. The incident wasn’t flagged up by VAR and the game continued.



Pieters was later penalised for a separate incident when he blocked a goal-bound shot from Pepe, which deflected onto the crossbar and clear. Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot and brandished a red card, but VAR intervened when replays showed it had struck his shoulder.


The latter incident was a perfect example of how VAR should work, but Arteta was perplexed as to why the first incident wasn’t ruled a penalty, which could have given Arsenal the win.


“I think it’s obvious and clear, I think there is no debate about that. If that is not a penalty, then would someone explain what a penalty is in this league,” he said, via


“We created, but we didn’t score enough. We gave a goal to the opponent and then don’t get the decision that we should get. It then becomes very difficult to win the game.”


Having taken the lead early through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the goal that Arsenal gave away was avoidable and the result of Granit Xhaka trying to play a pass that had been closed off by Burnley forward Chris Wood, who blocked it and diverted the ball into the goal.


Arteta defended Xhaka’s decision making in that instance, insisting that possession-based football from the back is still how he wants his team to play, despite the risks involved.


“It is what it is, it’s the way that we play and the way that I want to play,” the boss explained.


“We just have to know the risk and the rules that we have in certain areas in terms of the type of balls we have to play. But it is what it is.”



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English FA explains why Arsenal were denied penalty against Burnley



The Premier League has claimed that Arsenal were denied a penalty against Burnley because Erik Pieters was in ‘close proximity’ to Nicolas Pepe.

The Gunners were forced to settle for a point at Turf Moor after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early opener was cancelled out by Chris Wood, who benefitted from a huge mistake by Granit Xhaka.

However, Arsenal felt aggrieved in the 75th minute when Pepe’s touch inside Burnley’s box led the ball to hit Pieters’ outstretched arm, but Mikel Arteta’s side were not awarded a penalty following a VAR review.

Earlier this week, Fulham were involved in a similar incident as Mario Lemina was penalised for handball in the build-up to their disallowed goal against Tottenham.

But in a statement after the game, the Premier League clarified why Arsenal were not given the decision.

‘The ball has hit him from close proximity and he’s had no time to react,’ said the statement. ‘It wasn’t given on-field and the VAR didn’t think it was a clear error.’


Arteta, meanwhile, was left in no doubt that his side should have been awarded a penalty. ‘Absolutely,’ the Arsenal manager said after the game.

 ‘I think it is obvious and clear. I think there is no debate about that. ‘If that’s not a penalty, then someone will explain what a penalty is in this league.’




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Just In: Xhaka apologizes to Arsenal Fans for his costly mistake against Burnley



Granit Xhaka is full of remorse for his horrendous display that led to Burnley goal, that cost Arsenal 2 points today.

He has come to apologize to Arsenal fans via his Official Facebook  Page:

It’s class from him.


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