Mikel Arteta responded with a smile, saying, “On to the next one,” when asked about the reference made by Pep Guardiola.
Mikel Arteta gracefully avoided engaging with Pep Guardiola’s indirect mention of him during a post-match interview. Guardiola’s reference to “not doing a Mikel Arteta” pertained to City’s frustration over a contentious refereeing decision during their 3-3 draw against Tottenham.
The decision to revoke an advantage just as Erling Haaland was poised to set Jack Grealish through on goal, in stoppage time, left City disappointed. However, Guardiola, despite the chaos post-match, managed to maintain composure when addressing the media.
Arteta, previously known for an impassioned response after Arsenal’s loss to Newcastle, was approached for his thoughts on Guardiola’s allusion. Opting for a lighthearted approach, he simply redirected the conversation, stating, “Let’s move on to the next topic, please,” with a chuckle.
Pressed further on whether “doing a Mikel” would become part of football vernacular, he humorously replied, “I’m uncertain. My focus remains on the tasks at hand.”
Arsenal’s upcoming fixture against Luton Town holds significance as a win could propel them five points clear at the top of the table. However, challenges loom with contenders Liverpool and Manchester City also competing on Wednesday.