Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has criticized the decision to cancel the penalty his side received in their 1-0 loss to Everton.
A Bernd Leno’s mistake gave the Toffees a 1-0 win, their first success at Emirates Stadium. The result leaves Arsenal behind Carlo Ancelotti’s side by six points after playing one more game. Therefore, hopes of qualifying for Europe next season appear to be based on success in the Europa League.
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But Arteta was angered by another VAR call that went against his side more than the outcome.
Shooters were kicked early in the second half after Richarlison fouled Dani Ceballos. The initial video review confirmed the foul, but then overturned the decision after concluding that Nicolas Pepe was slightly offside earlier in the same phase of play.
And Arteta can’t understand how the decision was made, believing it cost his team.
“There are some things we can’t control,” he told Sky Sports. “We can control the performance. I think we were the best team on the pitch, but there are some decisions we can’t control and last week it was exactly the same.
“To prohibit a goal 15 seconds before, eight or nine touches [later]… I saw it 10 times and I can’t see it. But you can draw the line as you want. What thickness do you want. The moment the ball leaves the foot… I don’t understand.
When asked if he thinks VAR calls are a lottery, Arteta added: “The lottery can be taken as they wish. Zero control. Because if there is offside action and it goes into a corner, if they score from that corner, it’s a goal, and they were two yards offside. Someone has to explain this.
Arsenal ‘didn’t deserve’ to lose
Before conceding in the 78th minute, Arsenal were on top and looked more likely to secure the victory.
With that in mind, Arteta believes the Gunners deserved at least one point. But he accepted that they weren’t clinical enough with the opportunities presented to them.
“We were the best team, but we lacked clear chances and a little more advantage in the final third,” he said.
“But I think we didn’t deserve to lose the game. We weren’t threatening enough or [have] enough quality in the last third to open them. It is true that they are very well organized, but we conceded the goal at the wrong time and when we had the penalty, it was not given.
And after following the home draw with Fulham with a loss, the Spaniard admitted that team morale took a hit.
“It’s damaging for confidence because in the last two games we’ve lost five points at home and it should have been a completely different result. But that’s what it is. “
Arsenal will face Villarreal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.
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