Piers Morgan comes up with Fergie theory as he claims to know real reason for Arsenal boss Arteta's astonishing VAR rant | The SunNovember 6, 2023
PIERS MORGAN believes he knows the real reason behind Mikel Arteta’s irate rant at VAR.
Gunners boss Arteta was left raging as they were on the end of several controversial decisions during their 1-0 loss to Newcastle on Saturday.
Arteta says Anthony Gordon's goal should not have stood after questions were raised about the ball going out of play in the build up to the goal.
A number of replays were played at Stockley Park as VAR refs checked whether the ball had gone out before Joe Willock regained possession.
Although it appeared to cross the touchline before it was booted back into the Arsenal penalty area, VAR ultimately deemed there was no clear angle to determine whether or not the ball went out before Willock's cross.
There was also a potential offside and a foul on Gabriel Magalhaes by Joelinton during the aftermath before the ball was put in the net by Gordon.
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The goal was eventually given following a check tallying over four minutes with Arteta describing VAR as an “absolute disgrace” afterwards.
The Spaniard claimed to be “ashamed” at the standard of Premier League officiating – with his club then releasing a statement backing his brutal blast yesterday while calling on referees to up their game.
Celebrity Arsenal fan and TalkTV host Morgan launched his own angry outburst on social media and then doubled-down on it during an appearance on talkSPORT on Monday.
He also revealed he is not convinced about Arsenal and Arteta piling more pressure on Premier League officials with their statements.
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But Morgan believes that the Spaniard’s outburst was more down to him using a tactic straight out of legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s book.
He told talkSPORT: “I think much like Alex Ferguson used to do, [Arteta] blowing up the way he did, part of it was to hide the deficiencies of our performance.”
Morgan then reiterated his belief that Arsenal desperately need a new striker – and he outlined exactly who they should go for in January.
He added: “I don’t like saying this, because every time I come on the show I sound like a broken record, but Arsenal’s lack of a world class striker has never been more glaring.
“We had one shot on target in the entire game… I like Gabriel Jesus, I like Eddie Nketiah, but we are absolutely screaming out for a proper striker.
“I think we’ve got to go in January and get Ivan Toney and stick him up front, because we’ve got great service but no-one finishing it.”
Toney, who is currently banned until January for breaching betting regulations, has been heavily linked with a move away from Brentford after scoring 20 goals last term.
The 27-year-old is believed to be on Tottenham and Chelsea’s transfer wishlists as well as potential interest from the Gunners.
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