Mikel Arteta was outraged by match officials after Arsenal’s goalless draw with Newcastle as he lamented two ‘outrageous’ penalty decisions.
The Gunners drew Eddie Howe’s side in a hard-fought game at the Emirates to miss the chance to take a ten-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Arsenal pressed for a winner but were denied an injury-time penalty when referee Andy Madley dismissed handball claims after Granit Xhaka’s cross struck Jacob Murphy’s arm – much to the Arteta’s frustration.
Despite handing out nine yellow cards during the game, the Spaniard was outraged by the decision not to award a penalty and even suggested Arsenal deserved two.
Gabriel appeared to be brought down by Dan Burn who was seen pulling the Brazilian defender’s shirt, but VAR did not intervene.
The stalemate ended an 11-game Premier League winning streak for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
“I’m really proud of the way we played, the way we dominated the game, the approach we had from the start,” Arteta said.
“We lacked that spark in the final third to find that opening, to find that right moment and an extra pass and a bit of finishing quality, but we had plenty of situations in and around the box to do better.
“And then there were two outrageous penalties. The two. It’s a penalty or not a penalty and they were both penalties.
Arteta added: “It’s not about who was stronger, we had two penalties.
“I’m not talking about the referee, I’m talking about what I saw and it was two outrageous penalties.”
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The draw has taken Arsenal to an eight-point lead, although that advantage could be reduced to five when Manchester City visit Chelsea on Thursday.
It was the first time the Gunners failed to score this season.
Discussing Newcastle’s approach to the game, Arteta: “Newcastle wanted to set up like this.
“It’s not their way of playing. They didn’t go up against anyone else like that.
“When you can’t win you can’t lose and we kept a clean sheet and had a really good performance. Now we are leaving.
“I wanted to win the game and we drew it.
“We should have done some things better in the final third and we should have had two penalties to win the game.”
Newcastle remain third after becoming the first visiting side to take points from the Gunners since Brighton won 2-1 in north London in April.
The draw extended the Magpies’ unbeaten streak to 13 league matches on the back of a fourth consecutive clean sheet.
Manager Eddie Howe played down the hosts’ penalty appeals and said he had no problem with opposition coach Arteta after some heated exchanges on the touchline between the rival benches.
“I don’t really remember the first one so I can’t give you a comment on that,” Howe said of Arsenal’s kicks.
” Handball ? If it was the other way around, I’d be screaming for it. Probably not with the belief that it should be given because I think the distance is too tight. I don’t think Jacob’s arm is up, I think he’s on his side, so for me that shouldn’t be a penalty.
“Mikel is a top manager, I think he did an amazing job here and there were no problems between us.”
On the performance, Howe added: “I’m very pleased with our defensive effort today, very resilient.
“Arsenal are a top team, very good players, very good way to play, so we knew we had to be at our best.”