Pundits Roy Keane and Ian Wright blasted Nuno Tavares for his reaction to being hooked in the first-half of Arsenal’s FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest.
Tavares started the FA Cup third round clash at left-back for the Gunners, with Kieran Tierney dropped to the bench as Arteta made the decision to hand the Scottish international a rest.
But that decision only lasted until nine minutes before half-time, with manager Mikel Arteta left unhappy by Tavares’ performance against Steve Cooper’s second-tier side.
Tierney was brought on to replace him, with Tavares clearly unhappy with his manager’s decision to axe him so ruthlessly in a game screened live on national TV.
“He started very poorly. You look at his reaction, there’s kind of like a – he’s coming off and he’s throwing his gloves down,” Wright told ITV Sport.
“I think this is the wrong manager to do that with showing this like, kind of like, attitude. He doesn’t want to be touched.
“I think the disrespect he’s showing at the minute is something that Mikel Arteta won’t like. He should be acting better after the performance he’s put in.”
Keane meanwhile questioned why Tavares was so unhappy at being substituted, branding his performance as “sloppy”.
“Why is he upset? Why is he? He must know. He’s in front of the dugout, the manager, he’s been sloppy with everything he’s done,” the Irishman told ITV.
“Okay, a player can make a mistake but that sloppiness, a lot of that is down to his attitude the way he started the game and you can’t start a game like that. You get dragged off.”
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