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Mikel Arteta kept on repeating the words 'clear and obvious' in press conference after Aston Villa defeat

Jack Kenmare

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Mikel Arteta kept on repeating the words 'clear and obvious' in press conference after Aston Villa defeat

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta appeared determined to avoid another FA charge as he spoke to the press following their disappointing 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

The Spaniard was absent from the Villa Park dugout on Saturday after he was handed a one-game touchline ban following his passionate celebration against Luton Town.

He watched on from the stands, however, as an early goal from John McGinn sealed all three points for Unai Emery's men.

Arsenal, meanwhile, may feel like they should have been given a penalty by referee Jarred Gillett and the VAR after Douglas Luiz made contact with the back of Gabriel Jesus' calf.

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In fact, Arteta's men were also denied an equaliser when it was deemed that the ball hit Kai Havertz's hand before he scored from close range.

After the full-time whistle, Mikel Arteta was asked to give his thoughts on both refereeing decisions in his post-match press conference.

"Clear and obvious," he said, before a reporter asked, "That they were wrong?"

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The 41-year-old, clearly in no mood to expand on his answer, replied: "No, no, clear and obvious."

Another reporter then asked Arteta to elaborate on his response and once again, they received the same answer. "Clear and obvious. That is what I mean!" he smiled.

Shortly after the full-time whistle, Arteta was also asked about the incidents in an interview with the BBC and guess what; he responded by saying, "It’s clear and obvious for me.”

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Arteta believes title contenders Arsenal, who sit one point behind Liverpool in second, did enough to win the game on Saturday night.

"The result. I’m really proud of the way the team played in this stadium against this team," he said. "We deserved to win the game but you have to be better in the boxes and things have to go your way as well.

"That was one of the things [failure to put the ball in the net]. Especially in the second half we lost a bit of control, we gave the ball away, we went in to attack the ball too fast because you are tempted to put the ball in behind with the way they defend with the line but we could have done a bit better."

Thoughts on the above incidents? Should Arsenal feel hard done by? Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Hayters TV

Topics: Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Premier League, Aston Villa

Jack Kenmare
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