Arteta tore into match officials after defeat at St James’ Park (Picture: Getty)
The Gunners fell to a 1-0 defeat on 4 November after Anthony Gordon poked home from close range. The goal was checked by VAR for three separate incidents with Arteta livid the goal was allowed to stand.
He told Sky Sports after the match: ‘We didn’t deserve to lose the match playing, and we didn’t lose the match… because of the clear and obvious decisions. It’s embarrassing. It’s a disgrace. That’s what it is. It’s a disgrace.’
Arteta has now been charged by the FA who allege his comments constitute misconduct as they are insulting towards match officials and bring the game into disrepute.
The FA said in a statement: ‘Mikel Arteta has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.1 following comments that he made in media interviews after Arsenal’s Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday 4 November.
‘It is alleged that his comments constitute misconduct as they are insulting towards match officials and/or detrimental to the game and/or bring the game into disrepute. Mikel Arteta has until Tuesday 21 November to provide a response to his charge.’
Gordon’s goal survived three checks from VAR (Picture: Getty)
The first was to determine whether the whole ball had crossed the line before Joe Willock crossed into the box. The second was whether Joelinton had fouled Gabriel Magalhaes and the third was whether Gordon was in an offside position when the ball dropped to him.
Andy Madley, VAR that night, could not find conclusive evidence to overturn the decision of on-field referee Stuart Atwell.
After his initial tirade in front of the Sky Sports cameras, Arteta continued to vent in his post-match press conference.
‘We have to talk about how the hell this goal was allowed to stand,’ he said. ‘I feel embarrassed. But I have to be the one now to come in here and try to defend the club and please ask for help because it is an absolute disgrace that this goal is allowed. An absolute disgrace.
‘It is not a goal. For many reasons it is not a goal. For more than one reason at least it’s not a goal. There’s too much at stake.
‘I’ve been more than 20 years in this country and this is nowhere near the level to describe this as the best league in the world, I’m sorry.’
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