Arteta insists he 'does not feel any disrespect' from his players

‘Some call me boss or coach, it depends’: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists he ‘does not feel any disrespect’ from his players after Roy Keane criticised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for calling him by his first name

  • Mikel Arteta says his players have the option to call him boss, coach or Mikel  
  • Roy Keane criticised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for using his first name 
  • The former Manchester United captain suggested it was disrespectful  
  • But Arteta insisted that he has a good relationship with all of his players 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists he feels no disrespect towards him from his players.

Following the Gunners’ 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Sunday, former Manchester United captain Roy Keane criticised match-winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for calling Arteta by his first name in his post-match interview.

Sky Sports pundit Keane was not impressed with how Aubameyang addressed his manager, saying: ‘He didn’t show him respect when he called him by his name, Mikel.

Mikel Arteta insists he has the respect of his players despite not all of them calling him ‘boss’ 

Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane criticised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for calling Arteta ‘Mikel’

‘He’s the manager, the boss, the gaffer. That’s respect. Not Mikel, he’s not his mate.’

Asked about those comments during his press conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League game against Molde, Arteta insisted he was not offended.

‘I was told that Roy mentioned that, but I don’t think it particularly. I give the players the choice, some call me boss or coach, it depends,’ said the Arsenal manager.

‘I shared a dressing room with some of them so there has been that change, but I don’t feel any disrespect. Although, I understand Roy and why he was saying that.

The manager said that his players have the option to call him boss, coach or by his name

‘It is something that was a bit of a concern before I joined, but not now. Both parties have to understand respect and go about the relationship in the right way and the players have made it really easy for me.

‘In the end, we are part of the same thing and it has not been something that has been difficult to manage.’

Arsenal are top of Group B after winning both Europa League matches so far, but Norwegian club Molde are also on six points having done the same.

Arteta made 11 changes against Dundalk last week and has said there will be changes again on Thursday as the Gunners attempt to balance the demands of the current schedule, with matches coming thick and fast.

Arteta insisted he didn’t feel any disrespect from those who choose to call him Mikel

Asked if his team will be able to compete as they would like to in every competition this season, the Gunners boss said: ‘That’s a tough question to answer.

‘I think now we have the numbers to do that. I think we can rotate players. I think we have enough players in the squad to be able to maintain a really competitive squad.

‘We’re playing every three or four days at the moment and you start to get injuries, suspensions and whatever comes is going to get more and more complicated.

‘This is our obligation, to try to compete in every competition and we’re going to be trying to do that until the end. Obviously, the circumstances will dictate how well we can do that.’

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