Mikel Arteta fumes at referee Andy Madley for ‘scandalous’ decisions to not award Arsenal two penalties in Newcastle draw

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was not happy with the two penalty claims his side were denied in their goalless draw against Newcastle on Tuesday.

WHAT HAPPENED? In a frustrating evening for the Gunners in which Newcastle’s defence stayed resolute throughout, Arteta highlighted how Eddie Howe adapted his game plan to match the calibre of the league leaders. He did, however, mainly emphasise the faults of on-field official Andy Madley, who refused to whistle for two Arsenal penalties despite rigorous appeals from players and staff alike.

WHAT THEY SAID: “There were two penalties. It’s very simple,” Arteta griped after the match. “I’m talking about what I’ve seen. It was two scandalous penalties. Newcastle wanted to set-up like this. It is not the way they play. They have not set-up like this against anyone else.

“When you cannot win you cannot lose and we kept a clean sheet and had a really good performance. Now we go again. We should have done some things better in the final third and we should have had two penalties to win the game.”