‘That shouldn’t be allowed.’ Ex-Manchester United player slams Arteta

Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Scholes has slammed Mikel Arteta for his actions during Arsenal’s 3-1 win against the Red Devils yesterday.

Both clubs needed to win that game as they battle for a place in the top four, so it was a tense fixture.

Arsenal was fresh from beating Chelsea 4-2, while Liverpool had humiliated United 4-0 in their previous game.

The Gunners took their Chelsea form into the fixture and took a quick lead, but their second goal came under controversial circumstances.

Alex Telles was deemed to have fouled Bukayo Saka for a penalty, and the incident needed a pitch-side review.

When Craig Pawson walked to the monitor, Mikel Arteta asked the Arsenal fans to put pressure on him, and Scholes believes he was trying to influence the decision.

He said, as quoted by Metro Sports: I think Arteta is a disgrace there. He shouldn’t be allowed to do that.

‘If you see it again, he actually goes to the crowd to try and influence the referee a little. All the players around them as well. That shouldn’t be allowed.’

Just Arsenal Opinion

If the reverse was the case, Scholes would probably not comment on the incident or instead support the Manchester United manager because that is his former club.

We understand his frustration, but a professional referee will make the right decision without the influence of the fans.

WATCH Mikel Arteta on Granit Xhaka, a phenomenal game, and Tottenham…

Tags Mikel Arteta paul scholes


  1. Salty ex player
    He’s a disgrace…while his set who retired are coaches and winning trophies, he is busy being bitter.

    1. @Ernie Blaze
      I guess his “31 day” stint as Oldham manager is what made him so bitter…IJS

  2. II don’t remember him criticising Fergie when he tried to influence referees telling reporters how certain referees never gave Utd penalties. As for players crowding round the referee, no team was better at this than Utd. Again no comment from Scholes.

    1. Beat me to it sir – if there was EVER a manager / team who tried (and succeeded) to influence referees it was fergie and the mob that Scholes played for – remember our 50th game anyone?

      I find it really heartwarming that The Arsenal are still getting under the skin of Ferdinand and Scholes, especially as we have condemned them to no CL football next season (unless miracles still do happen).

  3. Why do pundits who were either useless managers or were never managers at all constantly criticise managers? What makes it worse some pundits like Scholes and our own Ian Wright are extremely dull and boring to watch and listen to. No wonder the fan sites on social media like aftv and justarsenal are doing a trade. Piers Morgan is a thousand times more entertaining than the permanently glum and miserable Scholes and Wright. As the old saying goes as pundits they were good footballers 🙂

  4. Arteta was right in doing his best because we are used to seeing abysmal decisions like Bruno Fernandez not being sent off, Martinelli’s offside against Brighton and many others

  5. What Scholes fails to realise is that even if Arteta had asked to create more noise, it would have hardly influenced the VAR, so no point in discussing it.

Comments are closed

Top Blog Sponsors