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Arsenal boss Arteta fumes: Ref needs to explain his decisions

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says the match officials should explain their decisions after defeat at Tottenham.

Arsenal gave away a controversial penalty and also had Rob Holding sent off in the 3-0 reverse.

"If I say what I think I am suspended for six months. I don't know how to lie so I prefer not to say what I think," said Arteta.

"I cannot say what I think.

"I am not unhappy with my players. I am proud of my players. I want the referees to come in front of the camera and explain his decisions. It's a shame because such a beautiful game was destroyed today.

"The decision was made. We can't change it. The referee has to make a decision in football.

"To take that risk [of bringing on Ben White] in the situation of the game made no sense. Our focus is Newcastle. This game is history. He felt something so hopefully Ben will be fit and Gabriel will recover as we do not have enough players in the backline.

"This game is history. Now it's Newcastle. This is gone. It went out of our hands and we have to accept it. Now we need to be the team that you saw from the beginning. You lose a football match in the conditions we lost them. It's painful. But we have a huge match on Monday so we will try to beat them.

"We have two games to play each. It's in our hands and now we have to do our jobs. We showed from the beginning in this game."


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