Mikel Arteta has brushed off Roy Keane’s claims that Arsenal players are showing him disrespect by calling him by his first name.
Red Devils legend Keane was less than impressed with the Gabon international addressing his coach in that manner and accused Arsenal players of showing disrespect.
He told Sky Sports after the game: ‘They didn’t show him respect when they called him by his name, Mikel. He’s the manager, the boss, the gaffer. That’s respect. Not Mikel, he’s not his mate.’
But speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Molde on Thursday, Arteta insisted he allows his players to call him whatever they please and he has never felt disrespected by that.
‘I was told that Roy mentioned that,’ the Spaniard said. ‘I think it is something very in particular.
‘I give them the choice to call me whatever they feel comfortable with. With some of them obviously I shared a dressing room.
‘I don’t feel disrespected. I understand why he is saying that as a player, but the way I feel with them – and I feel so close with them, with some of them I played with – so for me it is not an issue and it is not the way I would feel respected or disrespected.’