Arteta defends Arsenal players after controversial win over Watford

Sun 07 November 2021 | 20:36

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta defended his players after Watford manager Claudio Ranieri accused them of a lack of respect before Emile Smith Rowe’s goal.

Emile Smith Rowe

scored the only goal of the game as the Gunners extended their unbeaten run to 10 games with a 1-0 win over


at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Danny Rose

took the ball out of play just before the strike so that his teammate,

Ozan Tufan

, could be treated. Instead of handing the ball back to their guests,


chose to play on, and the goal came not long after.

The Watford manager was irritated that Arsenal did not return the ball after it had been put out for an injury in the move that resulted in Emile Smith Rowe's crucial goal.




that there is no respect in the Gunners’ action, but the Spaniard defended his side and said they are often too honest.

"If I have to define my players, my team and my club, I would say that they are the most honest - all of them,"

Arteta said.

"At some stages, we can even become naive.

"But still, if [Ranieri] feels like that towards our club, our team, I have to apologize if that's the case but, for sure that was not the intention to take any advantage."

source: SportMob

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