MIKEL ARTETA went wild on the touchline again against Oxford – despite watching his Arsenal side cruise to victory.

After an awkward first-half, a brace from Eddie Nketiah and a bullet header from Mohamed Elneny took the game away from the League 1 hosts.

Mikel Arteta produced another eye-catching display on the touchline - even with Arsenal 3-0 up

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Mikel Arteta produced another eye-catching display on the touchline – even with Arsenal 3-0 upCredit: Getty
From first-half frustration to second-half satisfaction, the Arsenal boss went through many emotions during the 90 minutes of action

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From first-half frustration to second-half satisfaction, the Arsenal boss went through many emotions during the 90 minutes of actionCredit: Rex

An impressive first-half showing from Karl Robinson’s side saw Arsenal have to fight to avoid an upset.

And even though he watched the Gunners take a commanding 3-0 lead, boss Arteta grew increasingly animated and even caught the attention of co-commentator Lee Dixon.

And the former Arsenal defender could not help but poke fun at the Spaniard, whose sideline antics has caused a stir among some fans.

With the game winding to an end and Arteta frantically gesturing in front of the cameras, Dixon said: “[Arteta is] waving his arms about like he normally is.”

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The pundit then added cheekily: “At least he has stayed in his technical area tonight.”

The Arsenal boss had triggered a mixed reaction after putting on a show against Newcastle last week – and almost coming to blows with Eddie Howe.

Arteta cut a frustrated and energetic figure as he watched Arsenal drop points in the league for the first time since October.

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness claimed the 40-year-old would have felt “embarrassed” watching back his antics the next day.

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Alan Shearer was also less than impressed with what he saw.

But the Gunners gaffer said he would refuse to change his ways.

Ahead of the FA Cup tie, He said: “I haven’t read the criticism of my behaviour and I am not part of that debate.

“They can all have their opinions but I will always try to do my best for this football club, to defend my players.

“And I will always have the passion that I believe the game has to be played with. But that’s me. That’s the way I am, on and off the pitch, for the good and the bad.”

Some Arsenal fans love Arteta's fired-up behaviour on the sidelines

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Some Arsenal fans love Arteta’s fired-up behaviour on the sidelinesCredit: Getty
Arteta rested some first-team stars for the trip to the Kassam Stadium

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Arteta rested some first-team stars for the trip to the Kassam StadiumCredit: Getty



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