Newcastle United owner sends 5-word message to Arsenal after VAR controversy

Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi returned to St James’ Park on Saturday evening to watch the 1-0 win over Arsenal.

Newcastle went seven games unbeaten in the Premier League thanks to Anthony Gordon’s goal, while Arsenal lost their first game of the season.

The game was not without controversy, with Arsenal’s Kai Havertz and Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes both arguably fortunate to remain on the field after first-half incidents. Havertz received a yellow card for a foul on Sean Longstaff, while Guimaraes went unpunished for a forearm into Jorginho’s back.

Gordon’s second-half strike was then subjected to three VAR checks before being awarded, much to the chagrin of Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, who branded the decision a “disgrace.”

Ghodoussi avoided getting involved in the match’s controversy on Twitter, instead focusing on the positives, such as Newcastle’s return to sixth place in the table.

“What a win, another incredible performance,” he tweeted alongside a photo of Newcastle’s victory celebrations. “These boys are gladiators.”


Newcastle United - Anthony Gordon: 'That's the biggest skill in life, to  stay present. Ultimately, we're not promised tomorrow'


Nonetheless, the Newcastle co-owner acknowledged on Instagram: “VAR was on point tonight.”


Ghodoussi sat next to England manager Gareth Southgate at St James’ Park, where several England internationals and hopefuls were in action, including match-winner Gordon.

The victory comes in the midst of a hectic schedule for Newcastle, which is coming off a 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Manchester United with an injured squad on Wednesday. The Magpies travel to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday (5:45pm kick-off) and then to AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League the following Saturday (5:30pm kick-off).


Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.