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Paul Scholes Calls Mikel Arteta 'A Disgrace' Over VAR Antics. 'He Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Do That'

Jack Kenmare

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Paul Scholes Calls Mikel Arteta 'A Disgrace' Over VAR Antics. 'He Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Do That'

Paul Scholes has described Mikel Arteta's decision to "influence the referee a little" during Arsenal's win over Manchester United as a "disgrace".

Top four hopefuls Arsenal picked up a valuable win on Saturday against struggling United thanks to goals from Nuno Tavares, Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka.

Cristiano Ronaldo managed to pull one back in the first-half to make it 2-1 but it wasn't enough as that cracking effort from Xhaka sealed all three points for the Gunners.

The action-packed Premier League clash had a number of contoversial moments throughout, including several penalty appeals from United that were turned down.

Moments after Ronaldo's effort to make it 2-1, many believe United should have been given a penalty of their own when Cedric Soares blocked Jadon Sancho's path to goal with a clear handball.

Anthony Elanga also appeared to be dragged down by goalscorer Nuno Tavares in the second-half but again, nothing was given.

Before Ronaldo's goal, meanwhile, Arsenal were given a penalty when Eddie Nketiah was brought down by Alex Telles.

Arsenal's man of the moment Bukayo Saka tucked away the spot-kick but moments before he made it 2-0, referee Craig Pawson made his way over to the VAR monitor to review the incident.

It was here when Arteta can be seen looking over at the monitor before raising his arms. You can watch fan footage of the moment below.

After the incident took place, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes slated Arsenal manager Arteta for the way he conducted himself while the crucial moment was being checked by Pawson.

“At the time, I thought it was offside. I didn’t really think of the foul, to be honest," Scholes told DAZN. "That brings into question whether it’s a clear and obvious error, which is the only reason it should go to the VAR. It’s a coming together, of course, it is.

“I think Arteta is a disgrace there," he added. "He shouldn’t be allowed to do that. If you see it again, he actually goes to the crowd to try and influence the referee a little.

"All the players around them as well. That shouldn’t be allowed. But it’s a little bit clumsy from Telles.”

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Featured Image Credit: Twitter/BT Sport

Topics: Paul Scholes, Manchester United, Arsenal, Premier League, Mikel Arteta

Jack Kenmare
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