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Arteta frustrated, sad over questionable officiating during Arsenal, Villa duel

Mikel Arteta frustrated and down after Arsenal lost 0-1 to Aston Avilla on Saturday. He however refused to talk over poor and questionable officiating against his team.

An angry Arteta opted to keep his mouth shut rather than taking aim at the officials.

The Spaniard confronted referee Chris Kavanagh and his officials on the pitch at full-time and was clearly frustrated at key decisions going against his side for the second game running.

Arteta felt Villa defender Ezri Konsa should have been sent off for bringing down Bukayo Saka as the young Arsenal forward raced towards goal during the first half at Villa.

And he was infuriated again after the break when Emi Martinez appeared to pull Alexandre Lacazette to the ground as a corner was swung in, only for the foul to go against the Arsenal striker.

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But, speaking after the defeat, Arsenal’s 10th in 23 league games this season, Arteta decided to keep his opinions to himself, when asked about the decisions.

“I keep that between me and them,” he replied when asked what he said to the officials after the game.”

And when asked on the decisions themselves, the Arsenal boss added: “I prefer to stay on mute on that.

“As you could see, I was really animated for a few decisions and one big decision I will not discuss here as well, what happened.

“It is what it is. It is not an excuse, Regardless of those decisions, we have to win the game. It is as simple as that.”

Arsenal dominated possession for large periods against Villa but struggled to turn their superiority into clear chances.

Having gone behind to an Ollie Watkins goal inside two minutes, the visitors mustered just three shots on target as they slipped to a second successive league defeat.

“We completely dominated the game,” said Arteta. “We dominated every department and we should have won the game.

“But in the Premier League when you give a goal just to the opponent and we gave them another three opportunities, and then you are not ruthless enough in the opponents’ box, you don’t win games.

“The rest, the way the team played, the energy and quality they showed, the number of chances and situations we created, how quickly we regained the ball, how we controlled the long ball, second balls, how aggressive we were in our duels, incredible. But it wasn’t enough to win the game.

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