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REVEALED: What was said in Arteta and Hojbjerg’s touchline row

What was said in Mikel Arteta and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s touchline row during the two sides’ pre-season friendly at the weekend.

The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta appeared to shush the Tottenham player after he was almost wiped out on the touchline with the new Premier League season around the corner.

Tensions ended up boiling over as Hojbjerg tried his hardest to keep the ball in play close to the manager’s technical area.

The 26 year old Danish midfielder exchanged some words with Arteta, before Hojbjerg then walked back over towards the manager and told him to get back within his zone after being a yard out of it.

Arteta took offence, then signalled back to Hojbjerg to be quiet, putting his finger to his lips to tell him to be quiet, before pointing at the midfielder’s chest.

Granit Xhaka came over to try and prevent the situation from flaring up anymore than it did.

The 25,000 Spurs fans in attendance dominated crowd noise, voicing their unhappiness at the rival manager’s reaction, loudly booing Arteta’s actions.

There was also some Arsenal fans who appeared far from pleased with Arteta’s behaviour, with one fan even calling for his resignation on Twitter.

The Gunners fan said: “This isn’t the behaviour we expect from the Arsenal manager.

“Should hand in his resignation as soon as possible.”

There was another Gunners fan who was more lighthearted about the situation, saying: “Hojbjerg said go manage your team, get back in your box, and Arteta said ssh I don’t know how.”

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REVEALED: What was said in Arteta and Hojbjerg’s touchline row

Son Heung-min went on to score the winner with just over 10 minutes left of the 90 to play out, silencing Arteta and his coaching team, despite it being a friendly fixture, leaving Arsenal without a win in their pre-season fixture.

Wantaway star striker Harry Kane was once again missing in action, while Spurs captain Hugo Lloris and Davinson Sanchez started for the first time this summer, and a lively Dele Alli looked bright, hitting the post twice.

Bernd Leno was starting for Arsenal, along with £50 million defensive arrival Ben White and new midfielder Sambi Lokonga, and Emile Smith Rowe featured in attacki with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they supplemented Alex Lacazette up front.

Though it was Tottenham who did enough to pick up a win, creating the better of first half chances considering Arsenal dominated for most of it.

Tottenham begin their Premier League campaign against defending champions Man City on the 15th of August, whilst Arsenal travel to Brentford on August the 13th.

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Speaking after the match, Arteta said: “It was a great test to play that type of game before starting [the season].

“I think the game had different phases, 10 minutes when we had some problems with our high press and we were a little bit disorganised, after that we got control of the game and dominated it.

“We had some big chances but didn’t score and they had one big chance and they didn’t score. Second half, it was very interrupted with the amount of substitutions that happened so to get a flow in the game is more difficult and the game was decided in an action where we made a mistake and we got punished.”

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg said afterwards: “The talent in this team is incredible. The only thing we need to work on is bringing our mentality forward. To be consistent in our work and behaviour every day.”

Fans reacted at what was said in Arteta and Hojbjerg’s touchline row, take a look below…

@M7mdFtbl: Arteta is definitely at fault there

@LennieTeague: Just look at how Xhaka goes over to protect his manager like a true captain should, whereas Auba just looked at what was going on and walked off.

@Goonersareus: I swear arteta called him a prick!! Just as hes walking away from arteta before he goes bk over

@ggeorge121: Mikel wants to play so bad

@galaxyhero: As if. Arteta shat himself when Hojbjerg came back.

@Abukalabcha: Arteta shitting in his pants 😂😂😂😂

@sheloveitsup: Arteta is finished

@FDessai: The 2 steps back by Arteta as Hojbjerg was walking towards him OMD 😂😂😂

@PaulHofford: I think arteta bricked it a little COYS

@Manu23588: Pierre would batter him what is Arteta doing?

@Thfc_Scops: Nothing strange, Arteta should be in his box & he wasn’t, As a coach myself, I get told all the time to get back In the technical area, they get away with it to much as is


@PaulHarrington4: Hojbjerg had every right to clean him right out.

@Thfc_K1: Snap the Spanish fraud

@wellzeee87: Shame he didnt take him out would have been hilarious

@ChristianFish3: Stay in your technical area then you fuckin dweeb #arteta

@thfclp__: How can a man shush another man then backtrack immediately lol Arteta didn’t want any smoke from Hojbjerg

@l0wcalpal: hojbjerg is correct to confront arteta, he was outside his area and could’ve hurt either of them

@DzivulaGube: Auba is so close there but guess who gets there first? Granit Xhaka. Should tell you everything you need to know about Auba’s leadership ability.

@gjinovci: Yeah but Xhaka is always the first man who stands up for the team you can say whatever you want about him but does that all the time and that my friend is a captain material you cannot learn that you are just born with it

@XhakaThe: I really wish he would’ve dropped Arteta hard

@RorySavage10: I think the whole, incident was unnecessary. MA made a mountain out of a molehill. He better concentrate on getting us into Europe this season or it’s curtains.

@Patrick60009713: Xhaka giving him a warning!

@adamarchab: Arteta backed out the beef quick. Weak.

@920401: Arteta talks more than he produces.

@Sifuuuu5: Completely Arteta’s fault

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