Ex-Arsenal chief David Dein criticises Mikel Arteta over VAR outburst – but credits him for bringing ‘hope’ back
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Ex-Arsenal chief David Dein criticises Mikel Arteta over VAR outburst – but credits him for bringing ‘hope’ back

Nov 20, 2023

Mikel Arteta’s angry VAR outburst following Arsenal’s defeat at Newcastle damaged the ‘image of the club’.

That is according to the club’s ex-long serving vice-chairman David Dein, who believes his comments were ‘unnecessary’.

Dein believes Arteta's angry VAR outburst did more harm than good

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Dein believes Arteta’s angry VAR outburst did more harm than good

The Gunners boss was left seething after his side’s unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign ended at St James’ Park earlier this month.

There was no shortage of controversy from the match, with Arteta left dumbfounded how Anthony Gordon’s eventual winner was allowed to stand.

He labelled the VAR call as ’embarrassing’ and a ‘disgrace’, with Arsenal then rallying behind the ex-Everton midfielder with a statement, hitting out at ‘yet more unacceptable refereeing’.

Arteta was charged by the FA over his rant on Thursday, with Dein, who was Arsenal’s vice-chairman from 1983-2007, insisting the Spaniard was in the wrong.

Speaking on the Sunday Edition with Shaun Custis & Henry Winter about Arteta’s outburst, Dein was asked if he was at Arsenal, would he have defended him.

To which he said : “It wouldn’t have happened. But we’re in an emotional game and these things do happen, I think it’s unfortunate, and you live and learn.”

Pressed as to whether he would have taken Arteta aside and warned him about his conduct, Dein remarked: “Probably. But you don’t want to undermine the manager either.

“The manager in the heat of the moment – that’s what he believed in – I was at Newcastle that game, he felt aggrieved that he felt the decisions go against him.

Arteta has been charged by the FA over his extraordinary VAR rant

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Arteta has been charged by the FA over his extraordinary VAR rantCredit: Getty

“In the final analysis, I think it was a bit of misdirection, because the fact is, there was 101 minutes – three minutes added on in the first half and eight minutes in the second.

“In 101 minutes of football we only had one shot at goal, so you can’t really say that the team deserved to win. It is what it is.

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“There is a process in place for how they deal with these things and I just think it was a little bit unnecessary.

“I don’t think it did the image of the club any good.”

Though Dein was full of praise for Arteta turning Arsenal into legitimate title contenders once again, stating he has brought ‘hope’ back to the Emirates.

He remarked: “I think under Mikel they’re doing a good job, I think there is a freshness there, you can see there is new belief – certainly the crowd have got it.

“There is a definite buzz about the place now that we haven’t seen for several years, and it’s the four-letter word – hope.

“You can see the team have got something good going for them, I think there’s something positive, it’s a bit of a renaissance going on at the moment at Arsenal.”

Despite Arsenal’s setback in Tyneside, they sit third in the table – level on points with second-placed Liverpool, and one point behind champions Manchester City.

And with the top two teams to battle at the Etihad next week, Arteta’s side could find themselves sitting at the top if results go their way.


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