Paul Scholes called Mikel Arteta “a disgrace” for his actions during Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Manchester United on Saturday.
Both sides had a number of opportunities throughout the Premier League clash as the referee had his hands full with several contentious incidents. United were awarded one penalty out of three potential calls, while Arsenal were given one for Alex Telles’ clash with Bukayo Saka in the first-half.
A goal was originally given as the ball broke to Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah, who converted from close-range. But despite a VAR check ruling the goal out for offside, a penalty was then awarded to Arsenal for the challenge on Saka, which the Englishman converted.
The frustration at having a goal chalked off saw Arteta argue with referee Craig Pawson as he made his way to the VAR monitor to review the incident. And the Gunners boss’ behaviour on the touchline incensed Man United legend and BT Sport pundit Scholes.
The former midfielder said: “At the time, I thought it was offside. I didn’t really think of the foul, to be honest. That brings into question whether it’s a clear and obvious error, which is the only reason it should go to the VAR. It’s a coming together, of course, it is.”
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He added: “I think Arteta is a disgrace there. He shouldn’t be allowed to do that. If you see it again, he actually goes to the crowd to try and influence the referee a little. All the players around them as well. That shouldn’t be allowed. But it’s a little bit clumsy from Telles.”
The win saw Arsenal return to the top four after a fantastic week where they beat two of their rivals. Meanwhile, United’s defeat shattered their top four hopes as they remain in sixth place, six points behind the Gunners.
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