Football Association told to ‘do something’ about Arteta’s behaviour during Arsenal matches

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta squeezes Ben White's face Credit: Alamy
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta squeezes Ben White's face Credit: Alamy

The Football Association need to clamp down on Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta over his regular foray out of his technical area, according to Richard Keys.

Arteta was spotted outside of his technical area during the Gunners’ 1-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday with beIN Sports presenter Keys outraged.

In a weird rant, Keys took to Twitter to have a go at the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) – who manage the match officials in England – for not taking decisive action against Arteta.

Keys tweeted: “Why is this allowed every week @FAPGMOL? Arteta has been jumping up and down all game – way outside his technical area. [Graham] Potter is in his and 4th (official) is watching. Do something about this man.”

It’s not the first time that Keys has decided to have a go at Arsenal and Arteta this season after criticising the Gunners for celebrating a 2-1 against Fulham in August.

Victory over the Cottagers earlier in the season saw Arsenal make it four wins from their first four Premier League matches as they showed grit to get all three points.

But Keys didn’t like what he saw at full-time, he said on beIN Sports: “Steady, it’s Fulham! And they trailed at one time.

“Yeah, well played, you came back to win it and they keep their 100 per cent record intact. But they haven’t won the [Premier League] title tonight. They have won a London derby.”

But Gray initially disagreed, he replied: “They have had nothing much to cheer about over the last few years.”

Keys responded: “I get that, Andy, but let’s not get too carried away. They’re four games into the season.”

Gray hit back: “I don’t think they will [get carried away]. I don’t think the players will. I get the fans getting over-excited. If you want me to be blunt about Arsenal, I like what I see. But they’ve beaten Palace, Leicester, Bournemouth and Fulham. It’s not a who’s who of big teams.”

Keys added: “They trailed for a long time today.”

But Gray continued: “That’s something they will have to do. When things are not going great, they will need a little bit of luck. The first goal from Odegaard is a deflection, otherwise they don’t score.

“We saw Bernardo Silva do the same for Manchester City [against Crystal Palace]. They went on to win it. Sometimes that helps, and that might just be the difference this year. Things might now start to go for [Arsenal].”

But Keys was not accepting, he said: “They’ve just beaten Fulham. They’ve won nothing.”

Before Gray seemed to give in slightly, he replied: “This was a league game. If this was a semi-final of a cup somewhere, and you’ve won the semi-final, I get that. But maybe this is what [Mikel Arteta] wants to instil here. I don’t know. I wouldn’t say it’s dangerous.”

And Keys took one last swipe at Arteta, he added: “I can’t hide the fact that I find him extremely irritating. Waving his arms around like a windmill for 90 minutes. It’s as if anyone can actually hear him, let alone see him. He’s never in his technical area.

“They’ve over-celebrated this. It’s a 2-1 win over newly-promoted Fulham.”

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