Arteta bemoans ´scandalous´ penalty verdicts in Newcastle stalemate

    Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal should have taken two penalties in a goalless draw against Newcastle United, calling the decision not to list a penalty “scandalous”.

    The Gunners lost points for the first time this season at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, missing out on a 10-point lead over Manchester City who play Chelsea on Thursday.

    Arsenal had no shortage of openings against Eddie Howe’s third-place team, with 17 shots on goal but only four on target and the leaders were not at their best in the final third.

    The Gunners’ boss lamented the two decisions that didn’t benefit his side, as he thought referee Andy Madeley should have penalized Dan Byrne for pulling the jersey on Gabriel Magalhais and handballed Jacob Murphy at the very end.

    “I am very proud of my players, how we played, how we dominated the game, how we tried and continued [to try]how we dominated the game,” he told Sky Sports.

    “We missed the last third, that is, the final part, we had so many situations to finish them better, and then we had two scandalous penalties.

    “It’s two penalties, it’s very simple. I’m talking about what I saw, and these are two scandalous penalties.

    “When you can’t win, you don’t lose. We kept a clean slate, we had a really good game and we are continuing.

    “I wanted to win the game but we drew and we had to do some things better, especially in the last third and we had to have two penalties to win the game.”

    Arsenal are likely to shuffle their squad for Monday’s FA Cup third round game against Oxford United, followed by a north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on 15 January.

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