Mikel Arteta on Arsenal draw, individual errors and VAR decision 

Mikel Arteta on Arsenal draw, individual errors and VAR decision 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was left fuming after his side was denied what he believes was supposed to be a penalty during their 1-1 draw against Burnley. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal the lead before Granit Xhaka made a mistake that proved costly, hitting Wood with the that kissed the back of the net. It all ended square at Turf Moor with Arsenal dropping two important points as they continue to search for European football. 

Pieters handled the ball inside the box but those at Stockley Park waved away protests amid ongoing confusion regarding handball regulations. The defender then again pulled up for supposedly using his arm inside the area, as he deflected a Pepe shot onto the crossbar, with a red card flashed in his direction.

The center referee Andre Mariner was advised to reverse both the dismissal and penalty calls, much to the relief of Burnley boss Sean Dyche as his side hung up to take a point.

On VAR decision

"Absolutely. I think it’s obvious and clear. There is no debate. If that’s not a penalty, then someone will have to explain what a penalty is in this league," he said. 

On fighting against top teams 

"When you come here and you want to be fighting with the top teams, you have to win the game and we haven’t done it because of the [missed] chances, because we’ve given a goal to the opponents and because when we needed some decisions, we didn’t get them."

On individual errors 

"If someone makes a mistake when they want to play, I will always support them. If someone is hiding and doesn’t want to play and then he makes a mistake, that’s when I’m not going to have that."

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