Arsenal news: Mikel Arteta details private meeting after being accused of ‘not trusting’ players

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta speaking during a media interview

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta saw his side slump to a disappointing defeat in Europe in midweek and will know that there is no margin for error in the Premier League title race

It’s been a mixed week for Arsenal, who suffered a surprise setback in Europe at the hands of FC Porto on Wednesday night.

The Gunners were the favourites heading into the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie against the Portuguese outfit but ended up losing the match courtesy of a last-gasp strike from Galeno – leaving them with work to do if they are to advance to the latter stages of the competition.

There’s Premier League business to attend to before Mikel Arteta’s side can make amends in Europe. They face Newcastle at the Emirates on Saturday night in a match which could have major implications in the title race.

Anthony Gordon’s goal settled the reverse fixture back in November after some VAR controversy and Arsenal will be eager to get one over on the Magpies on home turf. Ahead of the big match, Mirror Football rounds up all the latest news from in and around the Emirates…

Arteta details private meeting

Mikel Arteta has revealed that he briefed Arsenal director Tim Lewis and sporting director Edu before his rant on VAR following November’s defeat to Newcastle.

The Spaniard was less than impressed after Anthony Gordon’s decisive goal was allowed to stand by VAR. Officials in Stockley Park eventually gave the goal the green light after several incidents in the build-up to the goal was checked.

Arteta cut a very frustrated figure in his post-match interview and his comments on the incident and VAR were branded as “dangerous” by Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher. But Arteta has now lifted the lid on the private briefing he gave Edu and Lewis before letting rip in front of the television camera.

Arteta responds to no trust claims

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta looks on during the Champions League match with FC Porto

Arteta has admitted some of the Arsenal squad haven’t had played as much as they would like 


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Mikel Arteta has admitted that some players in his squad have not played as much football as they would have liked after he was accused of ‘not trusting’ certain players.

That suggestion was made by both Theo Walcott and Chris Sutton after the Gunners chief made just one substitution during the midweek defeat against Porto in midweek. Jorginho replaced Leandro Trossard late on in a bid to shut up shop.

The likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah were unused substitutes on the night – and Arteta has conceded that there are certain players who have been used sparingly.

Arteta responds to those claims in full

Referees have improved, says Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the 2-1 win against Wolves

Arteta believes the standard of refereeing in the Premier League has improved over recent months 


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The quality of officiating has improved since his outburst earlier in the season, according to Mikel Arteta.

He labelled the decision to allow Anthony Gordon’s gold to stand in the 1-0 loss to Newcastle as “embarrassing” and a “disgrace”. He was subsequently charged by The Football Association but then cleared following said comments.

Arteta is of the opinion that improvements have been made since his outburst though ahead of Saturday night’s rematch against the Magpies.

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