Arteta needs to ‘calm down’ after ‘disrespectful’ antics for Arsenal against Newcastle, says Shearer

Arteta on Arsenal Credit: Alamy
Arteta on Arsenal Credit: Alamy

Alan Shearer has slammed Mikel Arteta for his “disrespectful” display on the touchline for Arsenal against Newcastle.

The Gunners boss was extremely animated, particularly towards the end of the 0-0 draw at the Emirates, during which Arteta gesticulated wildly and appeared to confront Eddie Howe over a series of late decisions.

“I think Mikel Arteta needs to have a word with himself or his assistant needs to have a word with him and calm him down,” said Shearer.

“I think he is disrespectful to the opposition. He’s making it very difficult for referees who have a hard enough job as it is. I get he wants to be animated on the touchline. If his players were behaving like him, then he wouldn’t like it. He needs to calm down. I get the big stakes. They are top of the league and it’s an emotional game.

“But he’s making it very, very difficult for referees because he’s being disrespectful to the opposition – when you see your manager on the touchline behaving like that. He has to calm down. He’s the one who has to make tough decisions and stay calm.

“At the minute, he’s going crazy on the touchline, it can’t be helpful, can it?”

Arteta was absolutely convinced his side should have been given at least two penalties.

After the game, Arteta said: “Extremely proud of my players. The way we played, dominated the game, tried and continued to control the game. We needed that spark in the final third. We had so many situations. And when had two scandalous penalties.

“There were two penalties. It’s very simple. I’m talking about what I’ve seen. It was two scandalous penalties. I’m so proud of the work we have done.

“I think we lacked an extra touch or movement to finish these chances in this game.

“Newcastle wanted to set-up like this. It is not the way they play. They have not set-up like this against anyone else.

“When you cannot win you cannot lose and we kept a clean sheet and had a really good performance. Now we go again. I wanted to win the game are we drew it. We should have done some things better in the final third and we should have had two penalties to win the game.”

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