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'Listen': Mikel Arteta responds to Gary Neville's 'little mafia' jibe at Arsenal players

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has responded to Gary Neville’s criticism of his players after last weekend’s terrible defeat to Liverpool.

The TV pundit lashed out at a few Arsenal players. He claimed that they looked like ‘a little mafia’ and he sensed that there was some sort of a disconnect between a few stars and their manager. (Sky Sports)

That criticism made its rounds across social media. Some agree with Neville’s assessment while others feel that the former Manchester United star was really harsh on some Arsenal players after one bad defeat.

Arteta was quizzed about his view of the situation and the Arsenal boss claimed that the criticism his side got from Neville and co is fully deserved. He urged his players to stay mute in front of the media and has demanded that they do all the talking on the pitch tonight.

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Arteta: Arsenal fully deserve Neville’s criticism

He said, as per Arsenal.com: “No response. I think we have to respect every opinion and when there is criticism coming after the way we played against Liverpool, we have to take it on the chin because it’s fully deserved for the way that we played.

“It’s no time to respond, it’s time to talk on the pitch and show what we can do. When we are at full gas, that is a lot.

“Listen, I don’t read or listen. Obviously, I need to be aware of what has been said.

“The only thing I’m saying is where there is the one from Gary or Jamie or whoever is talking about us, after the performance that we had against Liverpool we have to be mute and we have to perform. That is the only thing that we have to do.”

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The Insider’s View:

Arteta is spot on. After a performance as bad as the one on Saturday, Arsenal have no leg to stand on. We have to accept every criticism that comes our way – even if some of them are extremely harsh.

Arsenal have to take it on the chin and do all the talking on the pitch. The game against Slavia Prague later tonight is the perfect opportunity for us to set things right after what was a truly embarrassing performance last weekend.

A good result tonight will make people forget about what happened on Saturday. The Europa League is our most important competition at the moment, and if we can go on and win it, pundits won’t have a lot of negatives to say about Arsenal – even though we’ve had a shocking season.

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