Gary Neville slammed Mikel Arteta for his touchline theatrics during Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Manchester United in the Premier League.
Arteta was booked by referee Anthony Taylor in the first half of the match for protesting against a foul by Luke Shaw on Bukayo Saka near the Gunners’ technical area.
Arsenal’s technical area doesn’t really count though. Well, at least not in the eyes of their manager who acts like he can stand whenever he likes.
Arteta was seen flapping his arms before sprinting down the touchline like a man possessed. The referee wasted no time with Arteta and his nonsense before booking him.
Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville was on co-commentary for the game, so he gave his immediate take on the events.
“I think he’s right there, Anthony Taylor,” Neville said, as per The Mirror. “He’s been singled out over the last few weeks, Mikel Arteta, but I have to say it was just a basic foul, there was nothing in it.
“Shaw’s just trying to get in front of him, Saka does well, but he charges back up the touchline like a madman, Mikel Arteta. There’s nothing in it, it’s a foul, move on with the game. He makes it look like he’s two-footed him.”
Neville added: “I was here a couple of weeks ago for the Newcastle game and he was at it all game, Mikel Arteta, which is fair enough, but on occasions where it wasn’t called for.
“He charged about 15 yards down the touchline and that was what he was shown a yellow card for.”
Arsenal went into the half-time break with the scoreline 1-1.
At full-time, they had secured three points after a 3-2 win over their rivals. Eddie Nketiah’s late goal proved to be the winner that keeps their title dreams alive.