Mikel Arteta is under fire for his behavior during the game next to the touchline. The Spaniard believes that all this is part of the desire to win and the passion for what he loves the most. “I’m not part of that debate,” he said, as quoted by eurosport.com.
“I think publicly they can have their opinions. I try to do my best for this football club, to defend it, to promote it, to play with the passion I believe the game has to be played with. There are moments - it is not the way I behaved against West Ham, every game is special.
Every manager behaves differently regarding the circumstances. You cannot take the context out of a situation - I don’t think that is fair. That’s me! Whether I am here or on the pitch, that’s me - the good and the bad!” Arteta reacted to the question of whether his approach affects the players: “That’s not for me to say.
I hear a lot of times that this team is the mirror of the coach, or the passion - I don’t know”.
Mikel Arteta and his passion
The Spaniard is ready to change if needed. His love for football is obvious and it is no wonder why Arsenal is playing so well this season.
"I will always try to be better. Whatever I do, if it is tomorrow or the next day, is to make the club stronger, my players better, play better and win. So if I have to do something, I will do it. If I have to change something, believe me, I will look in the mirror at myself and I will change it very quickly.
It’s different now. I remember a lot of managers, I had one in particular who was incredible but it’s different. There are moments. One man is not the same 20 years later because of the circumstances, not just the age.
To be fair I have not read it. Is the criticism negative or positive, because criticism is not always negative, it can be very positive”.