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Ian Wright accuses Claudio Ranieri of ‘nitpicking’ and making an ‘excuse’ for Watford’s latest defeat after he complained about Arsenal showing ‘no respect’ and failing to give the ball back during build-up to their winning goal

  • Arsenal maintained their fine current form against Watford on Sunday afternoon 
  • Emile Smith Rowe scored the only goal as Mikel Arteta’s men won at the Emirates
  • Watford boss Claudio Ranieri was left furious by the only goal of the game
  • He believed the hosts should have given the ball back after Danny Rose put it out 











Ian Wright insists Arsenal had no case to answer for their actions leading to their winner against Watford on Sunday, despite the protests from Claudio Ranieri.

The Hornets boss was incensed that Mikel Arteta’s men refused to give the ball back after Danny Rose had put the ball out of play due to an apparent injury to Ozan Tufan.

Instead, Arsenal retained possession and launched an attack, one that resulted in the only goal of the game as Emile Smith Rowe grabbed the winner. 

The Italian’s anger was plain to see at full-time when he remonstrated with Arteta, and he addressed the issue again in his post-match comments. 

However, former Gunners striker Wright believes his old side were well within their rights to continue.  

Claudio Ranieri was left unimpressed by Arsenal's decision not to give the ball back on Sunday

Claudio Ranieri was left unimpressed by Arsenal’s decision not to give the ball back on Sunday 

‘There’s nothing wrong with [Tufan] in the end,’ the ex-Arsenal and England striker told Premier League Productions, as per the Metro.

‘I’m sorry and people will say I’m being biased because it’s Arsenal, but if there’s something wrong with you then you stay down and go through what you normally do. Look how far it’s gone.

‘I think I saw Ranieri complaining and that’s just nitpicking because I don’t believe they should give that ball back.

‘There’s nothing wrong with the player. If there’s something wrong then stay down and go through the protocols.

‘But there’s nothing wrong with him. He got back up and they had three or four opportunities to be able to clear that so I think it’s just Ranieiri making an excuse really.’

Ian Wright has accused the Italian of 'nitpicking' after complaining about Arsenal's conduct

Ian Wright has accused the Italian of ‘nitpicking’ after complaining about Arsenal’s conduct

Ranieri had previously objected to the conduct of Watford’s opponents in his interview after the game, and went as far as to accuse the home side of showing ‘no respect’. 

Ranieri said: ‘We put out the ball and everybody expected the Arsenal player to give it back. Give the ball to us, we put the ball out because there was an injured player, but after this it was very strange. 

‘My opinion is there was a big foul, but nothing happened and then they scored a goal. It was very strange.’

On his exchange with Arteta, Ranieri added: ‘I told him there is no respect in that action.’

Arsenal are now 10 unbeaten in all compeititons under Arteta, as their turnaround following a dismal start to the season continues. 

They have moved up to fifth ahead of the international break, just two points off Liverpool in fourth and six off top spot.  

Emile Smith Rowe scored the breakthrough goal after Arsenal refused to give the ball back

Emile Smith Rowe scored the breakthrough goal after Arsenal refused to give the ball back

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