MIKEL ARTETA is to blame for Arsenal’s big-game woes with his “agitated” displays on the touchline.

And the Spaniard must show “more control” if he is to secure Champions League football after last night’s defeat to Tottenham.

That’s according to Trevor Sinclair, who reckons Arteta must shoulder the responsibility for the devastating north London derby loss.

Arsenal were blown away by their closest rivals as two goals from Harry Kane and another from Son-Heung Min sealed a 3-0 defeat.

Antonio Conte’s side are now just ONE point behind fourth-place Arsenal.

And with just two games left to play, the Gunners must win against Newcastle and Everton to guarantee a return to Europe’s elite competition.


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Arteta was not pleased with the officials last night, blaming Arsenal’s collapse on Rob Holding’s 33rd minute red card – which he deemed the wrong decision.

However, Sinclair believes Arteta is going about things the wrong way and only fuelling the potential for Arsenal heads to drop.

Instead of remonstrating, Sinclair reckons Arteta would be better off accepting responsibility in a composed manner.

And the Spaniard currently risks falling at the final hurdle with his “agitated” behaviour.

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Sinclar told TalkSport: “I struggle to be able to defend how they’ve gone into that game.

“Six red cards this season – Gabriel, Xhaka, Martinelli, Holding – the list goes on. 

“Every time they go into a big game, they have head loss.

“For me, it’s not one individual player, it has to come from the manager. He’s agitated, he’s animated on the side.

“His comments after the game, he’s almost trying to give his team excuses. Don’t give the team excuses.

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“They’ve got to be better, they’ve got to be more controlled, they’ve got to be more disciplined in big games like that. 

“At the moment, they’re not getting it, and the reason they’re not getting it, for me, it’s coming from the leader.”

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