‘Wow’: Ian Wright & Ruud Gullit react to what happened to Mikel Arteta after FT whistle v Chelsea

At the rate Mikel Arteta is going, the Arsenal boss is going to become the most booked manager in the Premier League.

After Arsenal came back from 2-0 down to pick up a point against Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea on Saturday, everyone associated with the club would have been over the moon about the end result because of where they were after 70 minutes.

But not Mikel Arteta, with Ian Wright and Ruud Gullit reacting to the animated coach getting booked after the full-time whistle.

When Ian Wright was told about that, he simply laughed and responded by saying ‘wow’, whilst Dutch legend Ruud Gullit added ‘it’s not the first time, by the way’, as he told Premier League Productions (21/10/23 at 7:30 pm). 

There were some big calls made during the game, including the decision to award Chelsea a penalty in the first half after William Saliba’s handball.

Perhaps that wasn’t the thing that annoyed Mikel Arteta, but Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sanchez taking out Gabriel Jesus when trying to come for a cross.

Instead of getting the ball, the shot-stopper proceeded to take out the players in front of him – Ruud Gullit and Ian Wright felt it was a clear foul and penalty.

And it wouldn’t be a surprise if Arsenal’s outspoken manager was protesting about that, before getting booked, because he had a point.

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Arteta’s yellow card

“We are hearing there was a yellow card, at the end of the game, it wasn’t for a player it was for Mikel Arteta for dissent,” said presenter Steve Bower.

Wright responded by saying: “Wow,” before laughing.

Gullit added: “It’s not the first time, by the way.”

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Arteta’s passion on the sidelines…

There are some who feel he is going over the top on the touchline, Jamie Carragher stated at the start of the campaign that it’s ‘way too much’.

But passion is passion at the end of the day and it shouldn’t be taken out of the game, even if you are crossing the lines now and again.

Carragher might have been critical of Arteta, at the time, but it’s interesting that he doesn’t aim such words at Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool boss isn’t exactly a saint on the touchline and when given the opportunity he also has a passionate moan or two.

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