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Why Mikel Arteta shouted at Ben White in Arsenal’s dramatic seven-goal thriller with Luton Town

Mikel Arteta, Ben White and Martin Odegaard all feature in football.london’s moments missed as Arsenal clash with Luton Town

Arsenal and Luton Town’s clash delivered plenty of drama and most of all goals. Somehow the Gunners managed to grab all three points with the most dramatic of late goals from Declan Rice.

Mikel Arteta will certainly not be happy with the manner in which his side conceded so many goals and questions will be raised regarding goalkeeper David Raya. Failing to claim crosses in the box and Ross Barkley’s strike squeaked underneath him.

The game was a late 8:15pm kick-off with it being shown on Amazon Prime. The cameras caught most of the action but football.london was in attendance to bring you all the things that they might have missed on a chilly night at Kenilworth Road.

Kai Havertz love-in

The Arsenal fans were certainly sceptical of Kai Havertz upon his arrival at the club, but in the last couple of weeks that has grown into affection. His goals against Brentford and RC Lens in quick succession has sparked something of a shift.

As the players warmed up (lucky them) and went through their shooting drills Kai Havertz received a particularly loud roar for every goal he scored. The players had smiles on their faces appreciating the away crowd’s cheering.

Havertz returned to the line-up having been absent from their 2-1 win over Wolves. Keeping up consistent form must be the German’s priority.

Odegaard echoes Arteta’s referee frustrations

Right before half-time, Martin Odegaard got particularly agitated with the referee after a string of rough challenges and fouls from the Luton Town players. Several were booked after targeting both Gabriel Magalhaes and Martinelli with sliding challenges.

As Gabriel Jesus nipped in to try and steal a ball from Barkley who had only been just booked for his awful tackle on the striker’s compatriot he caught the former England international. The referee gave Jesus an immediate booking for his first foul of the night.

Odegaard was seen angrily pointing this out to the officials. With a finger raised insinuating that it was the Brazilian’s first offence, the Gunners captain appeared angry that his teammate was shown a yellow card.

Arteta had been seen reacting strongly to the tackles his players were having to deal with. Odegaard clearly echoed his manager’s sentiments with the frustration toward Jesus’ booking.

Just prior to the Gunners opening goal, Ben White fell foul to some complacency with his touch. A ball squared over to the right-hand side saw the right back under no real pressure completely miscontrol the ball and see it roll out for a throw-in.

After Arsenal scored courtesy of Gabriel Martinelli, White was called over immediately by Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard gave immediate instructions with hand gestures perhaps pertaining to the quickness of passing.

Takehiro Tomiyasu had taken the right-back spot from White previously. The Japanese international has however suffered a calf injury keeping him out and his replacement was making his first start in some time and responded before half-time by assisting Gabriel Jesus with a fantastic cross.

Amazon will be broadcasting 20 live games across December and if you’re a new customer you can sign up to Amazon Prime Video and get a 30-day free trial. Amazon will be showing this week’s games such as Manchester United vs Chelsea as well as the Boxing Day fixtures featuring Arsenal vs West Ham.

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