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Emile Smith Rowe reveals his true feelings about Mikel Arteta

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has expressed his feelings toward Mikel Arteta in light of recent events

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As the anticipation builds for Sunday’s London derby against West Ham, Emile Smith Rowe has shed light on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s touchline demeanour, describing it as if Arteta himself is “on the pitch” at times.

Arteta’s behaviour on the sidelines has long been a topic of discussion, with pundits often questioning whether the Arsenal boss should adopt a calmer approach. The debate resurfaced recently after Arteta’s passionate celebration following Leandro Trossard’s late goal against Liverpool last Sunday, prompting scrutiny from key figures within the punditry scene.

However, Smith Rowe revealed that the players have a different perspective. In an interview with Sky Sports, the Gunners midfielder expressed no issue with Arteta’s passionate displays, citing it as one of the manager’s defining qualities.

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“I’d probably say his passion as well. Sometimes it just feels like he is on the pitch as well,” Smith Rowe remarked.

Arteta himself addressed the controversy surrounding his touchline antics, emphasising that he’s not the only manager to exhibit such emotions during games.

“I love it. I’ve seen managers at the Emirates on their knees, on the pitch. I’ve seen very big managers walking onto the pitch, I’ve seen managers going across the touchline,” Arteta explained. “When it’s done in a natural and unique way, I think it’s great.”

As Arsenal prepares for a crucial clash against West Ham, Arteta’s animated presence on the touchline is expected to continue. With Arsenal aiming to avoid a third defeat against West Ham this season, Arteta knows the importance of securing three points to stay in contention for the title race.

The history between the two teams adds to the significance of the fixture, with West Ham having secured victories over Arsenal earlier in the season. A win on Sunday would not only boost Arsenal’s title aspirations but also likely prompt another round of emotional celebrations from Arteta and his team.

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