• Gordon’s winner at St James’ Park enraged Arsenal manager
  • Arteta: ‘People expect to hear our answers in an honest way’

Mikel Arteta says he has no regrets over his explosive reaction to Arsenal’s defeat at Newcastle in November and will continue to wear his heart on his sleeve if he feels his team have suffered injustice.

Arsenal face Eddie Howe’s side at the Emirates on Saturday evening and hope for a markedly different outcome to the one that so enraged Arteta three and a half months ago. Back then he branded VAR’s decision not to chalk off Anthony Gordon’s goal, which proved to be the winner, an “absolute disgrace”. The following day Arsenal supported him with a statement criticising the standard of officiating and Arteta, although charged by the Football Association for his comments, was eventually cleared by an independent commission.

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