After surrounding referee David Coote during Monday’s FA Cup third-round match against Oxford United, Arsenal was issued a second Football Association charge in two weeks. After a three-goal second-half performance, the Gunners eventually advanced to the fourth round, but the first 45 minutes were difficult for Mikel Arteta’s team. During the first period, tensions rose when Coote declined to give a penalty after Oxford defender Elliott Moore blocked Eddie Nketiah’s shot with his hand.
Arsenal’s protests were ignored because VAR wasn’t in use, and the FA later took issue with at least four players arguing with the referee.
The FA warned Arsenal in a statement
‘Arsenal FC has been charged with breaching FA Rule E20.1 during its tie against Oxford United FC in The FA Cup on Monday 9 January 2023.
‘It’s alleged that Arsenal FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 34th minute, and the club has until Monday 16 January 2023 to respond.’ Read More: FIFA The Best Awards: Numerous players from Argentina and England are among the finalists
Arsenal, on the other hand, was accused last week of losing control of their players in the final minutes of their goalless draw with Newcastle. After two penalty appeals were denied, Mikel Arteta called the game officials’ actions “scandalous.” The Arsenal manager was also irate that only five minutes of added time were given despite numerous second-half stoppages.
The Gunners were charged before for a similar incident
The Spaniard’s enigmatic touchline antics have come under fire recently amid claims that his histrionics add pressure to his players and transmit unease.
Mikel Arteta aims to fix his touchline behaviours
He said: ‘If I think I have to change something, believe me, I will look in the mirror and change it.
‘I will always try to be better. Whatever I do, if it is tomorrow or the next day, is to make the club stronger, my players better, play better and win.
‘People can have their opinions. I try to do my best for this football club, to defend it, to promote it, and to play with the passion I believe the game has to be played with.
‘There are moments – it is not the way I behaved against West Ham, every game is special. Every manager behaves differently regarding the circumstances.
‘You cannot take the context out of a situation – I don’t think that is fair. That’s me! Whether I am here or on the pitch, that’s me – the good and the bad!’
Asked if he believes his behaviour impacts his players, Arteta added: ‘That’s not for me to say. I hear a lot of times that this team is the mirror of the coach, or the passion – I don’t know.’
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