Arsenal suffered its first league defeat of the season, going down 1-0 to Newcastle with Anthony Gordon’s goal rife with controversy and keeper David Raya expressed frustration over the result.
Much of the headlines over the last 24 hours has been Anthony Gordon’s goal that sealed a 1-0 over Arsenal for Newcastle.
While the Gunners in truth, didn’t do enough to win the game, a point was likely a fair result – but this is football, and rarely are things fair. It’s just the way it goes.
For Gunners keeper David Raya, he admits that the team is feeling frustrated at the result as the players did everything Mikel Arteta wanted from them.
"“We’re really frustrated,” Raya said via arsenal.com. “The way we played, the way we competed, it was brilliant from everybody. We did what the gaffer asked us to do; win duels and get the ball up the pitch and everything, but decisions have taken a goal.”"
After Arsenal conceded, Newcastle dropped deeper and deeper in their own half and closed down the space for the Gunners’ attackers to work their magic.
This, of course, meant that Arsenal found getting openings rather difficult, and the Magpies held on for a crucial win.
But there is no time for the Gunners to dwell on this result as they welcome Sevilla in the Champions League midweek. The last thing Arteta and his players want is for that frustration to roll over into the Sevilla game.
For Raya, winning the next game is now crucial to getting back on track and steadying the ship.
"“We’re going to have to start winning games again, and hopefully, we can go on a longer unbeaten run in the Premier League,” Raya said. “Now our focus is Sevilla on Wednesday at home, that’s another massive game for us. All we can say, is we want the three points.“We are very excited to be back at home at the Emirates with our fans behind us, and to try to get the three points on Wednesday will be massive for us. It’s a very important game.”"
The talk about the VAR decisions or non-decisions will no doubt last for a few days, but Arsenal can’t afford to get caught up in it otherwise there is a real danger of it snowballing and if that starts, it can be a slippery slope.
One way to make sure that the Newcastle game is put in the rearview mirror? Beat Sevilla on Wednesday night.