Arteta Unfazed by Touchline Ban, Vows to Maintain Emotional Presence

Mikel Arteta remains unapologetic about displaying emotions on the touchline, asserting that a one-match ban won’t alter his approach.

The Arsenal manager is set to miss the dugout during the upcoming clash against Aston Villa, serving the suspension earned from receiving his third yellow card of the season. This disciplinary action stemmed from Arteta’s exuberant celebration in the wake of Declan Rice’s late winner in Tuesday’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Luton, a moment deemed excessive by referee Samuel Barrott.

Despite the ban, Arteta insists he won’t shy away from expressing his passion for the game, a sentiment that has become a trademark of his managerial style. As Arsenal faces Aston Villa without their manager on the touchline, Arteta’s absence adds an intriguing subplot to the upcoming encounter.

“I don’t know how to stop it,” Arteta, 41, said on Friday.

“It was a really emotional moment with everybody bouncing around and you lose sense of where you are and the space you have to be in.

“It was unfortunate as now I cannot be next to my team on the touchline but it is a decision that they make looking strictly at the rules.”

“I would like to be with my players because we work closely every single day to achieve what we want, which is to win the games and when you get those moments in sport you should be able to do that,” he said.

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