‘It’s not an issue for me’ – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta brushes off Roy Keane disrespect claims

Arteta feels the full respect of his squad
Arteta feels the full respect of his squad (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has brushed off Roy Keane’s claims that Arsenal players are showing him disrespect by calling him by his first name.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner from the penalty spot in the Gunners’ 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday, and in a post-match interview, he referred to his manager as ‘Mikel’.

Red Devils legend Keane was less than impressed with the Gabon international addressing his coach in that manner and accused Arsenal players of showing disrespect.

Keane made the comment after Arsenal's win over United
Keane made the comments after Arsenal’s win over United (Picture: Getty Images)

He told Sky Sports after the game: ‘They didn’t show him respect when they called him by his name, Mikel. He’s the manager, the boss, the gaffer. That’s respect. Not Mikel, he’s not his mate.’

But speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Molde on Thursday, Arteta insisted he allows his players to call him whatever they please and he has never felt disrespected by that.

‘I was told that Roy mentioned that,’ the Spaniard said. ‘I think it is something very in particular.

‘I give them the choice to call me whatever they feel comfortable with. With some of them obviously I shared a dressing room.

‘There are people at the training ground who call me boss or coach. The French guys call me coach. It depends. It’s not an issue for me.

‘I don’t feel disrespected. I understand why he is saying that as a player, but the way I feel with them – and I feel so close with them, with some of them I played with – so for me it is not an issue and it is not the way I would feel respected or disrespected.’

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