"I was furious with him": Arteta criticised for unsportsmanlike antics
The Spanish manager is leading the league with Arsenal, but some are angry with some of his actions
Arsenal are on to a hot streak in the Premier League. The side led by Mikel Arteta are the sole leaders of the English top tier after four matches, being the only side that's won every encounter they've had so far. After a near miss on the Champions League football last time around and a shipwreck of a season before that, there's plenty to be cheerful about for the Gunners. However, others aren't very happy with some of their ways.
Arteta has come under fire from former Tottenham and Manchester United player Garth Crooks for what he perceived as unsportsmanlike behaviour during the Gunners' 2-1 victory over Fulham. The Spanish manager threw the ball away as it entered his technical area, preventing the Cottagers from swiftly restarting play as his side attempted to finish the game.
It was a pettiness, certainly, and with the antics of Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte the previous matchday, it certainly looked like Arteta's misdemeanour was an easy to overlook offense but Crooks didn't enjoy it.
"With the final seconds ticking away, and the visitors chasing an equaliser, I was hopping with fury to see Mikel Arteta watch the ball roll off the pitch into the technical area, pick it up and then throw it away as the Fulham player was racing to get it back into play", explained the former player, who holds the distinction of being elected the first black chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association.
"Managers should never touch the ball unless they intend to hand it back to the player. Bertie Mee [who led Arsenal to their first double in 1970/71] or Arsene Wenger would never have behaved in such a manner - and they won titles", added Crooks about Mikel Arteta.