Mikel Arteta appears to have suggested that Mohamed Elneny may have also overstepped the mark during Arsenal’s defeat to Burnley on Sunday – in comments reported by Football London.
The pressure on Arteta appears to be growing. The Gunners are currently going through a torrid run of form.
The latest setback came as the Clarets left the Emirates with a 1-0 victory. Granit Xhaka had already been sent off for raising his hands to Ashley Westwood’s throat by the time Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the own goal that ultimately decided the game.
And it appears that Arsenal may have been lucky to avoid seeing another player dismissed. James Tarkowski went down inside the box ahead of a Burnley corner being taken.
Replays showed that Elneny had also raised his hands towards Tarkowski’s face to block him making a run. Interestingly, the Egyptian was only shown a yellow card.
Arteta insisted that he had not seen the second incident back. However, he hinted that he was not pleased with the midfielder’s actions.
“In this occasion, Granit has overstepped the line,” he said, as reported by Football London.
“And there is another action with Mo that I haven’t seen but looks similar and we cannot make that mistake, because that’s the wrong approach to what we’re trying to do.”
It was an unnecessary risk from Elneny. Of course, it is normal for defenders to try and halt the runs of those who they are marking.
But it was a gamble. Fortunately for Arsenal, the referee decided that it was not worth another red card. However, it is seemingly an incident that Arteta is not ready to move on from just yet.