‘How on earth did you check if you took two seconds’: Mikel Arteta reveals his furious reaction after VAR failed to get a second look at Kyle Walker’s big challenge against Arsenal defender Gabriel in Man City defeat
- Arsenal received a penalty scream for the high challenge from Kyle Walker
- Walker’s boot was head high when he went up with Gabriel in the first half
- Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was outraged that the VAR had failed to assess the incident
A smoking Mikel Arteta revealed his anger over the failure of the VAR to check for a possible penalty when Kyle Walker dangerously raised his shoe to challenge Gabriel in Arsenal’s defeat at Manchester City.
The incident happened just before half time, but Arsenal’s animated calls for a penalty were quickly waved away by the referee.
Walker’s foot was head high as he tried to challenge Gabriel from a corner and nearly made contact with the Arsenal man.
Mikel Arteta was furious that VAR had not revised Arsenal’s cry in the first half
And Arteta was furious full-time after VAR appeared to choose not to review the incident.
‘That must be checked [by VAR]Arteta said after the 1-0 loss.
‘They said they checked, and I asked’ How the hell did you check if it took you two seconds to check that action ?! ‘
“Clearly there is something.” After being told Sky Sports understood that VAR chose not to look back on it, he added, “Yes, I think that’s what happened.”
Sky Sports pundit and Sportsmail columnist Micah Richards admitted that Arsenal should have been given a penalty on the second round.
Kyle Walker’s shoe was head high when he challenged Arsenal’s Gabriel from a corner
Micah Richards admitted that Walker was lucky to get away with a penalty
“ Previously I didn’t think that was a penalty, but if I’ve seen it more and more I can see why that would be given and I think Kyle Walker will get out of there with one. ”
Raheem Sterling proved the difference in the end, scoring the only goal of the game in 23 minutes.
The English star plunged into a rescued attempt by Phil Foden to hit the ball into the corner of the net with real composure.
Arsenal really had a foothold in the game and created some decent chances to level out, but couldn’t take any.
Raheem Sterling scored the only goal when Manchester City won against Arsenal
Arteta insisted that despite a defeat, there were positives to be gained from the game.
He added, ‘(It’s disappointing) to not get anything out of the game given the way the game was going, because I felt we kept growing and growing with more belief that we could get something out of it,’ he said.
‘At the same time, I am extremely proud of the way we played individually and collectively, performing in this stadium is not easy.’