Amidst escalating tension over the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the Premier League, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has stepped forward advocating for perseverance with the system, asserting its potential for success in the future.
Arteta, currently under scrutiny for his recent comments criticising referee decisions following Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle, faces charges from the FA for labeling the awarding of Anthony Gordon’s winning goal as “embarrassing” and a “disgrace.”
Despite the impending consequences, as Arsenal prepares to host Wolves this weekend, Arteta remains unwavering in his support of VAR’s improvement rather than scrapping it altogether.
“No, I think we can improve it and we are trying to do that. All those things that are happening I think are probably necessary to improve it and we have to take it that way. It has been a big change,” Arteta remarked.
Expressing empathy for fellow managers dealing with VAR-related controversies, Arteta highlighted the complexity of decisions under scrutiny and stressed the collective goal to enhance the sport. “We’re here to make the game better and make clubs better. We all need to win to do that,” he affirmed.
Meanwhile, Gary O’Neil, managing Wolves, joined the chorus of discontent against VAR following his team’s recent 3-2 defeat to Fulham. Despite these criticisms, the league remains divided on the technology’s efficacy.
With Arsenal leading the Premier League, Mikel Arteta remains focused on the upcoming fixture, acknowledging the unpredictable nature of the league.
“We’re really hungry to play in front of our fans tomorrow and win the game. This is what we are going to try and do,” Arteta expressed ahead of their clash.
While the debate around VAR intensifies, all eyes are on the league’s decision-makers, with discussions ongoing regarding potential improvements to ensure fairness and accuracy in officiating.