Nuno Tavares’ training ground reaction after brutal Mikel Arteta substitution

Mikel Arteta has praised the reaction of Nuno Tavares in the wake of his substitution


The defender slowly made his way off the pitch before throwing his gloves to the ground in frustration and demanding to not be touched by any of the Arsenal backroom staff or fellow substitutes.

Many sections of the Arsenal faithful may have feared that public display of petulance would put a dent in Tavares' relationship with the manger, but Arteta has been quick to draw a line under the whole affair.

"I am there to make the right decisions to get the best performance out of the team," Arteta said.

"It is not pleasant to make those decisions, it leaves a bad taste but at the same time we are here to help our players and to help our players you have to do it in many different ways.

"Hopefully that’s a way because certainly, we want to support our players, we want to help them and because you have to make a decision on the day, on my side it gives me more encouragement to help them because I have been there."

Arteta went on to recall how he had experienced something similar during his own playing career.

"I have been substituted after 45 minutes and I have been upset, but it is part of a process and a development phase in any career and it’s part of the experiences and some experiences, unfortunately, aren’t pleasant but most of those, if you take in the right way, they are the ones that help you to progress and become a better person or player."

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed his delight at Tavares' training ground reaction

The Gunners boss went on to explain how he reacted to his own substitution and whether Tavares' reaction was in any way similar.

"[I was] upset and [thought] the coach is wrong, and this is not fair," Arteta said. "This is normally the reaction.

"With Nuno I didn’t get that reaction at all and that’s it. For me it is just a moment, so move on and focus on all the good things as well that he has done since he has been here."