Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta couldn’t believe ‘scandalous’ thing he witnessed v Newcastle United
Arsenal dropped points at the Emirates Stadium and failed to score for the first time this season as Newcastle kept a sixth successive clean sheet. But The Magpies could count themselves somewhat fortunate having escaped two penalty shouts from the home side.
Gabriel's appeals after being pulled down inside the area by Dan Burn were quickly waved away in the second half. A last-gasp penalty shout saw the ball hit off Jacob Murphy inside the penalty area but Arsenal’s strong protests for handball fell on deaf ears, much to Arteta’s frustration.
“Extremely proud of my players,” said the Gunners manager. “The way we played, dominated the game, tried and continued to control the game. We needed that spark in the final third. We had so many situations. And we had two scandalous penalties.
"There were two penalties. It's very simple. I'm talking about what I've seen. It was two scandalous penalties. I'm so proud of the work we have done.
"I think we lacked an extra touch or movement to finish these chances in this game.”
Arteta clashed with Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe in the closing stages of the match following the unsuccessful penalty shout. But Howe was quick to play things down.
"I didn't think it was a penalty, just because of the proximity but you just never know,” he said. “I'm delighted, and me and Mikel are fine.”
Newcastle were the first side to stop Arsenal scoring a goal in the Premier League since the sides last met at St James’s Park back in May. Eddie Howe’s side frustrated their opponents as they sat back and defended, registering just one tame shot on target.
"Newcastle wanted to set-up like this, it is not the way they play,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “They have not set-up like this against anyone else.
"When you cannot win you cannot lose and we kept a clean sheet and had a really good performance. Now we go again. I wanted to win the game and we drew it. We should have done some things better in the final third and we should have had two penalties to win the game."