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Micah Richards and Gary Lineker with big praise for Mikel Arteta after what he done against Burnley

Gary Lineker and Micah Richards were both impressed with what Mikel Arteta done against Burnley this weekend.

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Gary Lineker and Micah Richards have both praised Mikel Arteta after he spoke about VAR in a positive way following his side’s victory over Burnley this weekend.

It was an important week for Mikel Arteta’s side after losing two in a row last week, including the controversial defeat at St James’ Park.

However the Gunners responded like winners with a victory in midweek over Sevilla, followed by an important three points picked up today against Burnley. Leandro Trossard, William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko scored the goals to secure the victory for Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta repeatedly made the point to praise the referees and VAR after the game at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Gary Lineker said that Arteta was consistently praising VAR’s role in Arsenal’s victory over Burnley even when he wasn’t asked.


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Both Richards and Lineker enjoyed the gesture, and the latter did think it was an omission that the manager had gone too far last week after the Newcastle United game.

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Gary Lineker said: “I don’t know whether you saw it yesterday and the interviews after the game.

“Mikel Arteta was wanting to make the point, and he said it in every interview – because when we are doing Match Of the Day we have lots of screens – and we see every interview they do, whether it’s to the press or various TV channels and stuff.

“He said the same thing to every person, are you not going to ask me about VAR because they were really good today? It’s so much easier when you have won!”

Richards replied: “I loved it!”

Lineker: “I liked it as well. It was sort of a nod that he had probably gone a bit strong in the past week.”

Mikel Arteta spoke about VAR in a very different way compared to last week, even if Fabio Vieira did see red in the final moments at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The Arsenal manager made it clear he agreed with the decision and could have no arguments with the red card.

Mikel Arteta was left incensed after the defeat at St James’ Park which saw Anthony Gordon’s goal allowed to stand despite a foul on Gabriel in the build-up.  However, the Arsenal boss must have clearly recognised no worth in continuing to criticise the role of VAR and the officiating in Arsenal’s games after a very different response this weekend.

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