Chris Sutton: Mikel Arteta was over the top… he must control his emotions after being booked


CHRIS SUTTON: Mikel Arteta’s reaction which led to his booking was way over the top… Arsenal are having a brilliant season but it’s important players know that their manager is in control of his emotions

I wonder if the officials have had a meeting about Mikel Arteta’s touchline behaviour and are now on to him.

He was booked on Sunday after running up the line trying to influence Anthony Taylor by indicating that Luke Shaw had committed four fouls. He needs to control himself. Shaw’s foul on Bukayo Saka was not a booking and Arteta’s reaction was way over the top.

His behaviour against Newcastle was the same, and there was a lot of coverage in the wake of that.

Manager Mikel Arteta was booked in the first half of Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Manchester United

I know fans like to see the manager showing passion, but there is a line you should not cross. If players see Arteta losing it like that, they can get sucked in. Arsenal are having a brilliant season but it’s important players know that their manager is in control of his emotions, because they will feed off that.

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Gary Neville backed the referee’s call to award Arteta a booking for his indiscretion on the touchline.

He told Sky Sports: ‘He charged about 15 yards down the touchline towards the official, which is why he was shown a yellow card.’ 

Arteta must control his actions on the sideline during heated moments, after previous incident

Arteta must control his actions on the sideline during heated moments, after previous incident

Neville also said: ‘I was here for the Newcastle game and he was at it all game, Mikel Arteta, but on some occasions it wasn’t called for.’

In his column for Sportsmail, former Gunners man Martin Keown said that Manchester United could not cope with Saka and Eddie Nketiah within a relentless Arsenal side. 

Meanwhile, former Manchester United captain Roy Keane told Sky Sports that the defeat was a ‘reality check’ for Erik ten Hag’s squad, which struggled to cope with absentees including the suspended Casemiro.  

It is a reality check for Manchester United, who struggled to deal with the relentless Gunners

It is a reality check for Manchester United, who struggled to deal with the relentless Gunners

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