Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta accused Paul Tierney of destroying a beautiful game and said that he would be banned if he spoke too much about the performance of the match officials in the North London Derby. Arsenal fell behind to a Kane penalty when Cedric gently nudged Heung-Min Son in the box. Holding was then shown a second yellow when he prevented Son from getting in behind.
“If I say what I think I am suspended for six months,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said about Paul Tierney. “I don’t know how to lie so I prefer not to say what I think. I cannot say what I think. I want the referees to come in front of the camera and explain his decisions. It’s a shame because such a beautiful game was destroyed today. I am not unhappy with my players. I am proud of my players. The decision was made. We can’t change it. The referee has to make a decision in football.”
“Our focus is Newcastle. This game is history. This is gone. It went out of our hands and we have to accept it. Now we need to be the team that you saw from the beginning,” he added. “When you lose a football match in the conditions, we lost them it’s painful. But we have a huge match on Monday so we will try to beat them. We have two games to play each. It’s in our hands and now we have to do our jobs. We showed from the beginning in this game.”