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‘Nonsense’ Graeme Souness slams Mikel Arteta for away game antics following Fulham win

The Sky Sports pundit was not happy with the Gunners at Craven Cottage

Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has become the latest high-profile footballer to take a swipe at Mikel Arteta’s ‘odd’ management style.

The Gunners boast the best away record in the Premier League, and defeated Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage to extend their lead atop the Premier League to 5 points.

However, plenty of attention was drawn to the post match photos, which showed the Gunners having taken a clock into the away dressing room.

And it was clearly something that Souness did not take kindly to, as he explained in his most recent column in the Daily Mail.

“I read the story about Arsenal taking their home comforts into opposition dressing rooms and had to read it again to make sure it wasn’t a joke”, the former Liverpool man wrote.

“Really? Is this what the modern game has become?

“It’s extremely strange and only a winning manager can get away with that”

“The Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is doing a fine job but he has form for such nonsense.”

“Last season he had You’ll Never Walk Alone played over the loudspeakers at training to prepare his players for a game at Anfield. They lost 4-0, so that went well for them.

“When I walked into an opposing dressing room I didn’t want to feel comfortable. I didn’t want to feel like I was in my living room at home. I was at work. I was on enemy territory and I wanted to feel fired up.

“If I had arrived at an away ground to find a clock from Anfield waiting for me on the wall, I would have burst out laughing. And I would not have been alone.”


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Michael Smith

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