Wright, Keane slam one ‘disrespectful’ Arsenal star in Forest loss

Date published: Monday 10th January 2022 8:26 - Joe Williams

Roy Keane and Arsenal legend Ian Wright

Ian Wright and Roy Keane have criticised Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares for his reaction to being substituted by Mikel Arteta in their 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

Lewis Grabban’s late winner gave the hosts a deserved third-round win against the slapdash Gunners.

The 14-time winners suffered an early exit without managing a shot on target at the City Ground on Sunday.


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Tavares was substituted off by Arsenal boss Arteta after only 34 minutes with Tavares storming past his manager and throwing his gloves to the floor in anger.

And Arsenal legend Wright thought Tavares showed “disrespect” to Arteta after putting in a terrible display.

“He has started very poorly. He is coming off and he’s thrown his gloves down, I think this is the wrong manager to do that with,” Wright said on ITV.

“Showing that kind of attitude. I think the disrespect he is showing at the minute is something Mikel Arteta won’t like, especially given the performance he has put in.”

And former Manchester United midfielder Keane questioned why Tavares was even upset in the first place.

“Why is he upset? He must know [he’s at risk of being taken off],” Keane said. “He’s right in front of the dugout and the manager, he’s been sloppy in everything he’s done.

“Ok, a player can make a mistake but that sloppyness is down to his attitude and the way he started the game and you can’t start a game like that. You’ll get dragged off.”

It was their first third-round defeat since losing 4-2 to Forest in 2018 and Arteta insisted he expected better.

“We needed more drive, more hunger to win at any cost in every single action, much more. We were not at our level,” Arteta said in his post-match interview.

“I’m really disappointed with the performance, first of all. Not with the attitude but how much purpose we have and what determination we showed to change the game when it’s difficult to play against and the way they play.

“I have played in games like that for the last 18 years and I know how complicated it is to come here and it’s no surprise the difficulties you are going to face. But when we do that, we have to face it in a different way.

“It is really hurting. It is a competition that is very related to our history and to get out of it is a big bump.”

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