Mikel Arteta vows to speak freely on refereeing decisions despite FA charge

Mikel Arteta vows to speak freely on refereeing decisions despite FA charge

Mikel Arteta insists he will continue to speak freely on refereeing decisions despite being handed a FA charge for comments he made after Arsenal's loss.

The Gunners boss labelled VAR's decision to not overturn Anthony Gordon's 64th minute winner "an absolute disgrace".

Arteta, who said that he has submitted observations he made during the match to the FA, highlighted the importance of freedom of speech and believes communication is key if the standards of refereeing are to improve.

He said: "I am going to speak (in the future). I think you have to be yourself and as a leader you have to be authentic. You can not be someone you are not and this is who I am.

"We have (sent our observations to the FA) and we will try to give our point and the reasons why and there's not a lot I can comment on.

"When you get asked to give your observation you have to do it in the right way and there's a process in place to do that.

"It is good that we are communicating and we all want to improve the game. Referees, managers, officials, sporting directors, journalists, we all want a better game.

"To get a better game we need freedom of speech, respectfully and in a constructive way but we have to promote that.

"It is good that they are talking in front of the media about decisions because it brings clarity."

Arsenal face Brentford at Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday bidding to build on their dominant 3-1 victory over Burnley.

Arteta branded the west-London club as one of the best run in the league and reflected on Arsenal's opening day 2-1 defeat to the Bees in 2021.

"Two years ago we had a really tough start to the campaign there," Arteta added.

"We have learnt from that, they are a really tough opponent and it's a really difficult place to go to. They make it extremely difficult, they are really effective, they are well coached and it will be a tough match.

"With Thomas (Frank), the coaching staff and the club, they are one of the best run clubs in the league.

"I've followed them for many years and the things they do with their structure and process alongside their vision is incredible to achieve what they have so credit to them.

"They have achieved to get to this level and have maintained it with so many demands as well."

Arteta also emphasised Takehiro Tomiyasu's influence at the club despite recent reports linking the defender with a move away from the Emirates.

"I really want him to stay," Arteta said.

"I value the player a lot and I really like him. He's loved and respected by everyone at the club, he's getting a lot of minutes at the moment and he will remain with us."

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