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Roy Keane defends ‘passionate’ Mikel Arteta for his behaviour on the touchline against Man United

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‘You are not on this job to be liked’: Roy Keane defends ‘passionate’ Mikel Arteta after the Arsenal boss picked up a yellow card for his touchline behaviour during their victory over Manchester United

Roy Keane has defended Mikel Arteta over his emotional behaviour on the touchline during Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

The Gunners beat United 3-2 at home on Sunday afternoon to revive their five point lead at the highest of the Premier League table.

Nonetheless, Arteta was criticised for his behaviour on the sideline as he picked up a yellow card for disputing Luke Shaw’s foul on Bukayo Saka.

Roy Keane has defended Mikel Arteta over his emotional behaviour on the touchline on Sunday

Keane has said he has no issues with Arteta’s behaviour and credited the Spaniard for being ‘passionate’ about his team. 

Talking to Sky Sports after the sport, Keane said: ‘Well I actually would not worry about yellow cards, it is the reds that you have to fret about!

‘But from the Arsenal perspective I feel they’d be OK with it, because he’s obviously passionate and you are not on this job to be liked!’

Arsenal moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League after beating Man United

Arsenal moved five points clear at the highest of the Premier League after beating Man United

Eddie Nketiah (above) bagged a brace to see the Gunners beat United 3-2 at home on Sunday

Eddie Nketiah (above) bagged a brace to see the Gunners beat United 3-2 at home on Sunday

Keane went on so as to add: ‘He’s there to win football matches for Arsenal and that is what he’s doing.

‘Listen, he’s got the yellow card, he has to take his medicine, but I generally don’t have any problem with it.

‘We see other managers doing stuff that we may not at all times agree with but they’re emotional, they’re passionate and I feel that is simply because he desires to win. I would not be too harsh on him.’

Keane also said that Arsenal have a ‘great probability’ of winning the Premier League title after picking up 50 points in 19 league games. 

He said: ‘They’re in an important place. There may be a nastiness to them and so they know what they should do on the football pitch.

Arteta was criticised for his behaviour on the sideline as he picked up a yellow card

Arteta was criticised for his behaviour on the sideline as he picked up a yellow card

Keane also said Arsenal were a 'likeable group' who had a 'great chance' of winning the league

Keane also said Arsenal were a ‘likeable group’ who had a ‘great probability’ of winning the league

‘It’ll take lots to stop them. It was a pressure game [on Sunday] and so they handled that well. They’re in with an important probability of winning the league.’

The pundit went on to laud the squad as a ‘likeable group with lots going for them’, as he felt they were ‘answering their critics’ after missing out on the highest 4 last season.

The previous Manchester United captain also said the club had ‘the precise people up stairs’ and that it was ‘good to see’ Arsenal ‘back at the highest table.’

Arsenal will likely be back in motion on Friday once they face Manchester City within the fourth-round of the FA Cup.  

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