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Alan Shearer gives two reasons why he would ‘hate’ to play under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal

The Arsenal boss has been praised for his work at the Emirates but Alan Shearer has explained why he would not have enjoyed playing under the Spaniard

Former Newcastle United forward Alan Shearer has explained why he would ‘hate’ to have played under Mikel Arteta. Since becoming Gunners boss back in December 2019, the 41-year-old has transformed his side into title challengers.

Arsenal take on Brentford this weekend, just two behind league leaders Manchester City in the table. A win over Thomas Frank’s side would see Arteta’s side move to the top of the table for at least 24 hours, with City set to take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

However, writing in The Athletic, Shearer pointed to Arteta’s touchline antics and the way he gives instructions given to his players as two reasons why he would not feel comfortable playing under the Spaniard.

He wrote: “I never worked under an Arteta kind of manager. Someone manically cajoling, telling you exactly where to stand or exactly what to do.

I’ve always been of the opinion that if you’re a good player, then you know that stuff anyway. If I felt I needed to drift out to the right wing or the left wing or even drop deep, I would do it myself.

“And as a captain, I felt I had the authority to tell my fellow players to do something. If it needed saying, I would say it.”

Before he added: “Not everybody is like that, though. Some footballers are brighter than others. Some are needier than others.

“Some are more effective when they are given precise instructions and are forced to stick to them. Shouting, repeating, shouting again and reiterating straightforward messages might be the best way to get through.

“What I wanted from my manager was to be led, to be guided. I wouldn’t have enjoyed being ranted and raved at from the touchline and I can’t remember it happening too many times.

Why would I have hated it? Professional pride. You’re playing in front of thousands of people in the stadium and millions at home on television and you don’t want to be embarrassed. It might sound thin-skinned, but teams are delicate. Relationships hold them together.”

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