Claudio Ranieri accuses Arsenal of lacking ‘respect’ in touchline dispute with Arteta after Smith Rowe goal

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Claudio Ranieri explained why he accused Arsenal of lacking “respect” after a touchline disagreement with Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners beat Watford 1-0 on Sunday courtesy of an Emile Smith Rowe strike that left the Hornets unhappy.

Danny Rose rolled the ball into touch by his own corner flag after an injury to a Watford player moments earlier, but Alexandre Lacazette did not return possession to his opponents. Within half a minute, Arsenal scored.

After raising the issue with Arteta at the final whistle, Ranieri later told reporters: “We put out the ball and everybody expected Arsenal to give back the ball.

“[Moussa] Sissoko and Rose said, 'Give the ball to us, we put the ball out, there was an injured player'. After this it was very strange.

“There was a cross, Kiko Femenia hit the ball with the header, [Ismaila] Sarr took the ball, in my opinion there's a big foul, but nothing happened and then they score the goal. It was very, very strange.

“Our relationship is very good, I told [Arteta] there isn’t respect when we put the ball out. I said there isn’t respect in this action.”

Arteta insisted his players could, if anything, do with being a bit less honest and “naive” in such situations - but did apologise if foul play was his players’ intention.

“I have to defend my players, my team and my club,” he said.

“I would say that we are the most honest team and in some stages we can even become naive. But still if he felt like that towards our club, our team, I have to apologise if that’s the case - but I am sure there is no intention to take any advantage.”

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