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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gets green light from PGMOL

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Arsenal’s request to speak to refereeing chiefs to discuss a number of controversial decisions in their recent Premier League fixtures has been granted.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he would like to speak to Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) after Gabriel Martinelli was sent off in a 1-0 win at Wolves on February 10. It was the fourth red card the Gunners have been shown since the start of the year. It was also the 15th of Arteta’s tenure, the Spaniard having taken charge in December 2019.

After making the request, Arteta said last week: “That’s happening soon. But obviously we have reported the opinion and the lack of understanding on the decision.”

The PA news agency understands that PGMOL has now accepted the request. And a meeting will be scheduled to take place in the near future.

While Arteta questioned some of the decision-making from officials, he stopped short of claiming there was now a stigma attached to his side.

“I don’t want to say anything like that,” he added.

“I just said that there has been various reasons and very different ones in the way that we’ve got those red cards.

“But somehow we have to stop it because it’s going to harm performances and results for sure and that has to be our aim and our focus and we can’t try to blame the refs.

“We have to believe that the referees are going to do what they have to do.  And we have to believe that we’re going to do what we have to do. That’s it.”

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Meanwhile, Arteta has confirmed Arsenal will leave contract talks with Alexandre Lacazette until the summer.

Lyon are hoping to take the attacker back to France.

They can do so for free, as Lacazette’s Arsenal deal runs out on June 30. This means he can now organise a pre-contract agreement with clubs on the continent.

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Lacazette contract gamble

Arsenal are aware of this, but according Arteta, they have shelved talks with Lacazette regardless. They will reopen the negotiations once the season finishes.


The north London outfit are focusing all of their attention on qualifying for next season’s Champions League. They are four points off the top four as things stand.

Arteta said (via the Evening Standard): “There is a chance [Lacazette signs a new deal], but we have decisions to make on three or four players in regards to the summer.

“Starting those conversations right now, I don’t think is the right way. We have spoken to all the players. What to expect, they freedom that they have because the contracts allow them to make any decisions, and with our position there.

“That’s what we are going to do. At the end of the season, we will sit down and decide what’s the best for all the parties.”

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