Arteta vows to continue to give views on referees

ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta says he will continue to give his opinion on refereeing decisions to the media, risking potential punishment from the Football Association.

The Spaniard was charged for his comments following Anthony Gordon’s controversial winner for Newcastle against the Gunners on November 4th.

Arteta branded the goal “an absolute disgrace” after it was awarded despite having three separate checks by the Video Assistant Referee.

The 41-year-old has formally submitted his thoughts to the FA on his comments to the media in the aftermath of Arsenal’s defeat on Tyneside.

He is now waiting to see if he will be punished for the comments on the Newcastle goal, with Arteta potentially having to serve a touchline ban as a result of his choice of words.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash away to Brentford, Arteta said: “We have sent our observations to the FA, and we will try to give our point and the reasons why and there’s not a lot I can comment on,”

“When you get asked to give your observation you have to do it in the right way and there’s a process in place to do that.

“It is good that we are communicating and we all want to improve the game. Referees, managers, officials, sporting directors, journalists, we all want a better game.

“To get a better game we need freedom of speech, respectfully and in a constructive way, but we have to promote that.

“It is good that they are talking in front of the media about decisions because it brings clarity.”