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Mikel Arteta has responded to Roy Keane’s criticism over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following Arsenal’s 1 – 0 win over Manchester United.
When speaking about the club boss to the media after the clash, the Gabon international called Arteta by his first name, while according to Keane, it was disrespectful from the player.
“They didn’t show him respect when they called him by his name Mikel. He is the manager, the boss, the gaffer. That’s respect. Not Mikel,” he said.
However, Gunners’ boss doesn’t consider it a sign of disrespect as he says his players are free to call him what they want.
“I was told that Roy mentioned that,” Arteta said ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League game against Molde.
“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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