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Arteta says Premier League managers ‘in it together’ regarding refereeing standards

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta claims many Premier League managers have supported him after he was charged for his comments about refereeing decisions.

After Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat against Newcastle in November, Mikel Arteta criticised the refereeing standard in the Premier League and called it “an absolute disgrace”. Arteta was later charged by the Football Association for his comments.

Arteta now has revealed that many Premier League managers have contacted him and claimed they are “all in this together”.

“I have been in contact with many of them. I know most of them for many years and we are all in this together,” Arteta said.

“We compete with each other but we understand our roles and understand our responsibility and we want to fulfil that to our best.

“So everything we do has to be properly thought with good process in place and make sure we contribute to make it better.

We do meetings (with the officials) but sometimes individually. A lot of things happen.”

Arteta also defended himself from accusations that his comments would set the wrong example as to how to treat referees.

“I have given hundreds of opinions but you want to isolate one moment when I talked about something I believed and used it in a different way. I don’t think that’s fair”, Arteta said to a reporter.

“We live the game with emotion. I react when a player scores a goal. I react when a player gives the ball away. We are constantly reacting – this is the game.

“We live a game which is passionate. and you play to win and so this has to happen and we have to react.

Let’s sit down here like a theatre and be on mute and see if this league and game will be interesting, it won’t. And that’s what makes it special.”

Arteta: The behaviour we demand is to make each other better

Aaron Ramsdale is set to start for Arsenal against Brentford as David Raya is not eligible to play. Ramsdale’s father recently criticised Arteta for the way he has treated his son.

He said: “Aaron is one of many players who is playing less than he wants. There are many unfortunately in a dressing room of 24 players.

The behaviour we demand is to challenge and to make each other better.

This is the purpose and to overcome the ability and to play and show with facts that you have to play more and show how wrong I am (for not picking him).”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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