Mikel Arteta: Arsenal Boss Aims Dig at Referees After Booking for Over Celebrating Against Luton

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal Boss Aims Dig at Referees After Booking for Over Celebrating Against Luton

Elijah Odetokun
updated at December 8, 2023 at 12:52 PM
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  • Arsenal struck late through midfielder Declan Rice to beat Luton Town 4-3
  • Mikel Arteta was shown a yellow card for over-celebration in his technical area
  • He will miss his team's trip to Villa Park to face Aston Villa tomorrow evening

Mikel Arteta’s war of words with English Premier League officials continued as the Arsenal boss called for more consistency in the application of rules.

Arsenal battled hard to secure all three points against newly-promoted Luton Town in midweek, with £105 million midfielder Declan Rice scoring a late winner.

The late goal prompted wild celebrations in Arsenal’s technical area, which earned head coach Arteta a booking, his third of the season, which means he will not be on the touchline for the trip to Aston Villa.

Mikel Arteta, Samuel Barrott, Luton Town, Kenilworth Road, Premier League, yellow card.
Mikel Arteta was shown a yellow card by referee Samuel Barrott for excessive celebration after Declan Rice's late winner. Photo by Catherine Ivill.
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Per Arsenal.com, he explained the situation as emotional and said he would have loved it if it had been considered by referee Samuel Barrott before deciding to book him.

Arteta won't curtail his celebration

The former Everton star has been constantly involved with the officials over poor officiating around his team. The FA charged him for his comments after Newcastle beat Arsenal 1-0 via a goal subjected to three VAR checks.

Speaking to the media ahead of the trip to Villa Park, as quoted by Hayters TV, he said on his booking:

“We are, but we have a boundary, and maybe it has to extend, or we just need a very strong rope,” he said when asked if managers are not allowed to celebrate.
“It means we don’t move; we, all of us, don’t move.

He confirmed his assistants will take charge in the technical area and hopes his absence can spur his players to play better and with a positive mind on difficult ground.

Villa, under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, have won their last 14 home games. The last time they lost was to Arsenal in February, and they face the same team again tomorrow.

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Five controversial decisions against Arsenal

Sports Brief analysed five controversial decisions against Arsenal after Arteta went on a rant following the decision against his team in the 1-0 loss to Newcastle.

The Gunners were also on the wrong side of poor officiating after Manchester City star Mateo Kovacic escaped a red card for two offences, though a win compensated the Londoners.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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