Mikel Arteta spotted scolding Zinchenko following burst-up with Ben White

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FOOTBALL Mikel Arteta spotted scolding Zinchenko following burst-up with Ben White

Mark Kinyanjui 09:20 - 31.01.2024

Zinchenko was involved in a spat with Ben White before Arteta calmed down the situation as he was spotted lecturing the Ukrainian.

Arsenal left back Oleksandr Zinchenko was seen exchanging heated words with Mikel Arteta after being involved in a burst-up with Ben White following their 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Full footage of the full-time scenes shows Zinchenko actually pointing his finger at team-mate White, who returned the gesture. The pair were seemingly arguing over something that occured late on in the game, before Arteta intervened.

Zinchenko was subbed off for Jakub Kiwior shortly after the side had conceded one goal back through Taiwo Awoniyi.

Minutes later, Zinchenko was embroiled in a very passionate chat with his manager, who seemed desperate to try and calm the Ukraine international down.

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon was watching the game on Sky Sports and claimed: "May have been Arteta being disappointed. Maybe a word about his position with the diagonal pass and maybe him being one of the leaders in his team. But I don't think there is too much in it."

Supporters on social media also commented on the exchange.

 "Zinchenko played below average and showed frustration with Arteta after the Arsenal win. Arteta tells him to calm down; don't panic. Honestly, a professional player should be more mature,” One fan wrote.

Another made clear that the clash can only be a good thing: "I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who caught Arteta scolding Zinchenko after the game. Brilliant. Accountability is what’s needed.

"Can’t continue to make these errors of complacency and get away with it. Zinchenko kept everyone onside, he needs to do better."

In his post-match comments, Arteta lauded the burst up between both players, indicating it was down to the passion and commitment by both players to win.

"That is pushing each other and being not happy conceding. I have to encourage it in the right way. I love that the players are pushing each other!"

Arteta had a smile on his face while recalling the clash between his two players, but may have wished they did it in the dressing room away from the glare of television cameras.

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