Arsenal fans react to 'disgusting' controversy v Newcastle

By Joe Roberts

5th Nov, 2023 | 6:12pm

'Biggest robbery in modern football' -Arsenal fans rage at 'disgusting' incident in 1-0 defeat to Newcastle

Arsenal fans have reacted in disgust to Newcastle’s controversial winning goal at St James’ Park on Saturday (4 November).

The Magpies were awarded a contentious goal in the second half. Jacob Murphy’s attempted shot was considered by much of the Arsenal fanbase to have gone out of play for a goal kick.

Joe Willock picked up the ball and put it back into the box before Anthony Gordon eventually scrambled it in to give Newcastle the lead in the 67th minute.

However, despite checks for offside and a foul during the build-up, VAR deemed it inconclusive and referee Stuart Atwell went with his original decision – a goal.

The 1-0 win for Eddie Howe’s side ended the Gunners’ unbeaten start to the Premier League season and leaves them three points adrift from the top of the table.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was outraged in his post-match press conference, calling the decision “embarrassing”, with many fans in agreeance.

One fan singled out the “absolute garbage” officiating while being forgiving of the Magpies.

Another was critical of Arteta regarding his selection of Kai Havertz, who was lucky to avoid a red card after a challenge on Sean Longstaff.

Another was in full support of the manager and urged him to keep “speaking the truth”.

One supporter claimed Arsenal were victim to “one of the biggest robberies in modern football” and claimed four separate incidents could have ruled out Newcastle’s opener.

One fan was aggrieved at Ben White for his poor efforts to track down Joe Willock during the build-up.

One fan praised Arteta’s “spot on” post-match response to the goal.

One fan thought the latest VAR controversy proved that it must be scrapped altogether.

This supporter warned the boss that he could have a fine heading his way.

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