Mikel Arteta’s blunt reaction to Newcastle United’s Premier League title race question
Mikel Arteta was couldn’t care less about conceding that Newcastle United are Premier League title competitors.
Mikel Arteta says he ‘doesn’t have the foggiest idea’ whether Newcastle United are competitors for the Premier League title, notwithstanding holding his Arsenal side to a goalless draw.
The 40-year-old cut a baffled figure during his post-match question and answer session after lamenting two “outrageous” penalty choices in the last part.
Arteta requested a spot-kick for Dan Consume’s shirt pull on Gabriel and when Granit Xhaka’s cross hit Jacob Murphy’s arm during the last option stages.
Nor were granted by referee Andrew , or VAR, which left Arteta aggravated when he confronted the media after the game.
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Newcastle prevented Arsenal from scoring in a Premier League match interestingly this season, as well as finishing their 100% home record.
Eddie Howe’s side are third, eight points behind leaders Arsenal, but Arteta refused to say they are title challengers.
“I don’t know,” Arteta said. “I think there is still a lot to pay for and we will see. When there are 10 games to go, I can probably respond to that question.”
Arteta did, however, call the Magpies a “really good side” after insisiting his players did everything to try and win.
“It’s a football match. It’s very competitive, the way we play and the way they play – we are close in the table.” Arteta said. “This is the beauty of the league. I think we were really composed.
“They (Arsenal players) wanted to win and they threw everything at it to try and get the points. We could not do it but I think we should proud of the performance against a really good side.”