Mikel Arteta has shut down criticism over Alexandre Lacazette’s reaction to a challenge during Arsenal’s draw with Burnley and suggests Sean Dyche’s players attempted to ‘weaken’ his side during the game.
Lacazette was mocked by Dyche and Match of the Day after he went down screaming following a challenge from Erik Pieters in the 1-1 draw at Turf Moor on Saturday.
‘The screaming, some real good screaming today,’ Dyche said of Lacazette after his side’s draw with Arsenal.
‘Some real good screaming today, on the scream-o-meter probably the highest I’ve heard for a long time and there’s some pretty high ones.’
During Match of the Day’s analysis of the match, Lacazette’s reaction was given its own segment, while Gary Lineker, Ian Wright and Dion Dublin all mocked the Arsenal striker with exaggerated screams at the end of the show.
When asked if will encourage his players not to scream ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Olympiacos, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t comment on what the other players do.
‘I comment on what our players do. I focus on us.
‘The same as I don’t comment on how other managers or the players, how they use their strength to weaken an opponent, I don’t talk about it.’
Arteta also urged his players to ignore the criticism over their recent form, with the Gunners winning four out of their last 10 matches in all competitions.
‘I think the players have to focus on performing as good as possible and try to do their best on the pitch,’ said the Arsenal manager.
‘The better we do individually and the better we do collectively, things are going to work better and that’s the responsibility they have all the time when they jump on the pitch.’