EPL: ‘Totally classless’ – Michael Owen slams Arsenal for backing Arteta’s comments


Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen has slammed Arsenal for their ‘totally classless’ statement supporting manager Mikel Arteta’s strong criticism of refereeing decisions in their Premier League 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on Saturday.

Arsenal were beaten by Newcastle at St. James’ Park following a controversial Anthony Gordon goal.

Gordon’s winning goal was given after three separate VAR checks.

But Arteta was left fuming, branding the decision an ‘embarrassment’ and a ‘disgrace’ after the game.

Arsenal later issued a statement on Sunday backing up Arteta’s comments.

However, Owen has hit out at Arsenal over their statement.

“The Newcastle United v Arsenal game yesterday was a brilliant watch. Two top teams going at it,” Owen tweeted.

‘The only (in his words) “embarrassing” and “disgraceful” thing about it was Arteta’s behaviour. A common occurrence that damages the game more than any incorrect decision.

“For his club to now release a statement moaning about the standard of officiating is poor and, sadly for a team of Arsenal’s standing, totally classless.”

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