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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta brushes off Roy Keane disrespect claims

Arteta feels the full respect of his squad (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has brushed off Roy Keane’s claims that Arsenal players are showing him disrespect by calling him by his first name.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner from the penalty spot in the Gunners’ 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday, and in a post-match interview, referred to his manager as ‘Mikel’.

Red Devils legend Keane was less than impressed with the Gabon international addressing his coach in that manner and accused Arsenal players of showing disrespect.

Keane made the comments after Arsenal’s win over United (Picture: Getty Images)

He told Sky Sports after the game: ‘They didn’t show him respect when they called him by his name, Mikel. He’s the manager, the boss, the gaffer. That’s respect. Not Mikel, he’s not his mate.’

But speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Molde on Thursday, Arteta insisted he allows his players to call him whatever they please and he has never felt disrespected by that.

‘I was told that Roy mentioned that,’ the Spaniard said. ‘I think it is something very in particular.

‘I give them the choice to…