Roy Keane defends Arteta’s touchline behaviour

Mikel Arteta is one of the most animated managers on the touchline when his team plays and has come under criticism for that behaviour this season.

The Spaniard is very emotional and passionate about his job and how the team works during matches, so he acts out of line to some people.

There have been calls for him to be punished and the Spaniard was shown a yellow card in Arsenal’s 3-2 win against Manchester United yesterday.

More pundits have criticised Arteta, but he has earned support from an unlikely source, with Roy Keane defending the Arsenal gaffer.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder said on Sky Sports:

 “Well, I certainly wouldn’t worry about yellow cards, it’s the reds that you’ve got to worry about!

“But from the Arsenal point of view, I think they’d be OK with it, because he’s obviously passionate and you’re not in this job to be liked!

“He’s there to win football matches for Arsenal and that’s what he’s doing.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Arteta is one of the most animated managers on the touchline, but that does not mean he acts abnormal in any way.

The Spaniard is different from other managers and cannot be expected to act like them in different circumstances. As long as the FA does not complain, he can continue showing his passion the way he knows best.

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  1. Guys. There is a linesman and fourth official there to ‘manage’ coaches in their boxes… who cares about Richard Keys anyway

    From a separate point of view whilst it’s clear about Artetas passion perhaps being so close is sometimes counter productive ..

    Anyway I for one am very happy he is so passionate

  2. Maybe instead of worrying about Arteta, referees should be protecting Saka as he continues to get kicked every game and refs do sweet FA. Arteta like all of us is playing the pass, making the runs, and shooting at the goal. You should see me at the Emirates on match days, I am living every moment, suffering every minute just like the rest of the fans, so idiots like Keys can do one, just like the rest of the Arsenal bias we have from the media and pundits. We ate living the dream and may it continue til I am dead

  3. Perhaps we are forgetting the fact that this is a young team, including the manager, and losing concentration is very common at this stage. Arteta’s touchline antics may just be his own way of keeping the team in focus. Standing on the byline, he is able to see everything and anticipate danger then call the attention of the players immediately. I think the players are used to that and it probably has been discussed in-house. You also see our players going to him for instructions while the game is on.

  4. I don’t think we need to worry about Arteta, he is Fire! The boys love him and respect him and he’s Transmitting his Fire into them!

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