Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Mikel Arteta Caught on Camera Leaving Stadium Before Full Time After Defeat

Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Mikel Arteta Caught on Camera Leaving Stadium Before Full Time After Defeat

Fred Kennedy
updated at December 10, 2023 at 9:48 AM
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  • Mikel Arteta did not see out the remainder of Arsenal's Premier League clash vs Aston Villa
  • The Arsenal manager was spotted leaving the pitch moments before the full-time whistle
  • The tie ended in a 1-0 defeat for the Gunners, with John McGinn scoring the only goal of the tie

A video has surfaced capturing Mikel Arteta leaving the pitch early before the full-time whistle of Arsenal's Premier League defeat against Aston Villa.

The Gunners were stunned 1-0 at Villa Park on Saturday, December 9, to suffer a fresh blow in their Premier League title bid.

Mikel Arteta looks on during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal FC at Villa Park. Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt.
Mikel Arteta looks on during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal FC at Villa Park. Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt.
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According to The Guardian, John McGinn was responsible for the only goal of the match, scored in the seventh minute.

Arsenal were hoping to secure a positive result in the tie to return to the summit of the league standings.

The north Londoners dropped to second momentarily after Liverpool secured a 2-1 hard-fought win over Crystal Palace earlier on Saturday.

However, Arteta's charges were unable to see off Aston Villa, who held firm to their early lead to claim maximum points.

Arteta's storms off the pitch early

Arteta seemingly could not sit through the entire match and watch his side suffer the humiliating loss.

The Spaniard was captured on camera storming off the pitch before the full-time whistle of the Villa Park cracker.

Sky Sports' cameras taped the tactician leaving his seat with a few more seconds left on added time of extra time.

A disappointed Arteta went on to hit out at the standards of refereeing during his side's defeat, highlighting 'clear and obvious' errors made by the ref.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will now be shifting their focus on their upcoming final Group B Champions League clash against PSV before they host Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday, December 17.

Arteta blames wind for Aston Villa defeat

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Arteta's bizarre claim that the wind was responsible for their defeat at Aston Villa.

While reflecting on his side's performance after the match, the Spaniard claimed that the windy conditions in Birmingham hurt their goalscoring opportunities.

"I think it was a bit windy today," Arteta said.
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