Premier League Run In: Why Mikel Arteta Could Miss Arsenal’s Last Game vs Everton

Premier League Run In: Why Mikel Arteta Could Miss Arsenal’s Last Game vs Everton

Martin Moses
updated at May 8, 2024 at 8:00 AM
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  • Mikel Arteta will need to tread carefully when his side travel to Old Trafford
  • Arsenal have two games left as they attempt to win the Premier League title
  • The Gunners boss could be absent from the touchline against Everton on May 19

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The 2023/2024 season is on its homestretch, with the winner yet to be decided. Liverpool are still mathematically in the race, but it is widely expected that one of Arsenal or Manchester City will walk away with the top honours.

For the second season running, the Gunners have pushed Manchester City all the way, but the situation remains out of their hands.

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Mikel Arteta issues instructions to his players during their game against Bournemouth on May 4. Photo by Marc Atkins.
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If Pep Guardiola's side were to win each of their remaining matches, they would be crowned champions for the fourth consecutive time - Arsenal's results notwithstanding.

It is, therefore, important for Mikel Arteta's side to keep winning and hope that the champions slip up for them to have a chance of lifting their first league title since 2004.

The North London side have two games remaining - a trip to Old Trafford to play an embattled Manchester United before hosting Everton at home on the final day of the season on May 19.

Why Arteta could miss Arsenal's last game vs Everton

Their title ambitions could, however, be derailed with Arteta on the risk of missing the final game against the Toffees at the Emirates.

Arteta is one booking away from serving a touchline ban. If he gets yellow carded at Old Trafford, his side would have to do it all without him issuing instructions on the pitchside against Sean Dyche's side.

Which managers have been booked the most this season?

The former assistant to Guardiola at City has been the most-hit manager after the new rules on player and manager dissent were introduced this season. He has racked up five cards across the season for different infringements. No manager has more in the division, though he is tied joint-top with Brighton's Roberto De Zerbi.

FA rules on managers' suspensions

The Premier League rules on touchline bans dictate that a manager is suspended for one game if he gets three yellow cards in a season. If he gets six yellow cards, he is suspended for another game. If he gets eight yellow cards, he is suspended for two games.

A manager can even appear before the disciplinary committee if he gets 16 yellow cards in a season.

Arteta will need to be on top behaviour against Erik ten Hag's side. The games between the two have been closely contested over the years, and should he get booked, it could affect Arsenal's ambitions on the last day.

Bernd Leno promises to help Arsenal win EPL

Sports Brief has also reported about Bernd Leno's promise to help Arsenal win the league title.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper, now at Fulham, kept a clean sheet against Brentford.

Fulham play Manchester City this weekend and if he keeps another clean sheet, it could help Arsenal's title bid.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)