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Mikel Arteta could miss Arsenal’s final fixture against Everton

Mikel Arteta could be forced to miss Arsenal’s last Premier League fixture against Everton at the Emirates Stadium

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta v Fulham
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta finds himself walking a disciplinary tightrope that could see him miss the Gunners’ crucial final game against Everton.

With Arsenal vying for the league title alongside Manchester City, the pressure is mounting as the race intensifies. The Gunners currently hold a slender one-point lead over City, albeit having played one game more. Their hopes now hinge on their title rivals slipping up in their remaining fixtures.

Arteta’s presence on the touchline is deemed vital for Arsenal’s chances of success in their last two matches, which could significantly ramp up the pressure on City. However, the Spaniard’s participation in the Everton clash is uncertain, contingent upon his behaviour in their upcoming fixture against Manchester United.

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The concern arises from Arteta’s accumulation of yellow cards throughout the season, with the manager already having been forced to sit out a game due to suspension earlier in the campaign. Premier League regulations dictate that managers receive a one-game ban upon accumulating five yellow cards, something Arteta is perilously close to reaching.

Arteta’s disciplinary record stands as the worst among managers this season, having been cautioned on five occasions. His passionate touchline demeanour, while a hallmark of his managerial style, now requires careful navigation to avoid further sanctions.

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Mikel Arteta arguing a decision with the referee (Image credit: Getty Images)

Arsenal’s recent form has been promising, with the team securing their fourth consecutive league victory in a commanding 3-0 win over Bournemouth. However, Arteta remains cognizant of the challenges ahead, emphasising the need for composure and efficiency in their upcoming fixtures.

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While reflecting on their latest triumph, Arteta lauded his team’s performance, highlighting their dominance and efficiency in front of goal. 

“We started the game with probably the best first half we’ve played all season. I think we were unbelievable.

“We were super composed on the ball, really aggressive without the ball, we generated so many chances, we could have scored three, four or five easily. But we didn’t, we scored one and then credit to Bournemouth as well, they changed a few things, they created some issues for us and the game became a little bit more open.

“That was something we wanted to avoid, but within that game as well we resolved certain situations in the right way and we were very efficient in front of goal to score the goals, and maintain another clean sheet.”

However, with the looming threat of suspension hanging over him, Arteta’s focus now shifts to navigating the tactical and disciplinary challenges in the crucial fixtures ahead.

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