Mikel Arteta responds to Neville’s comments on his Arsenal touchline appearance

Mikel Arteta has responded to Gary Neville's recent comments on his wardrobe.

The former Red Devils defender was very complimentary of the Spaniard's attire during Arsenal's 1-0 victory over Manchester United last Sunday

"He always looks a million dollars doesn't he?" the Sky Sports commentator asked. "Mikel Arteta, how do you look like that?!"

Neville's co-commentator, Martin Tyler, jokingly replied: "I couldn't possibly tell you."

Neville's comments were put to Arteta in his pre-match press conference Friday afternoon. And it's safe to say the Gunners boss took them well.

"Well, I take Gary very seriously," Arteta said. "So if he says it in a good way, then thanks to him!

"I try to be myself on the touchline. Sometimes though when I look at myself and I am constantly looking and shouting, I don't really like it too much.

"But it's the emotion and passion with which I live the game."

Arteta's troops will be back in action on Saturday evening, welcoming Aston Villa to the Emirates.

The former Gunners midfielder isn't expecting an easy ride from the Villans, who he reckons enjoyed a stellar summer transfer window.

Premier League's most expensive kit deals

  1. Manchester United (Adidas) – £75m-a-season
  2. Liverpool (Nike) – £70m-a-season*
  3. Manchester City (Puma) – £65m-a-season
  4. Chelsea (Nike) – £60m-a-season
  5. Arsenal (Adidas) – £50m-a-season
  6. Tottenham (Nike) – £30m-a-season

*If bonuses are met

"I think they have a better understanding with the players," he said. "They've worked with the manager [Dean Smith] for longer.

"I think they recruited really well. They got Emi [Emiliano Martinez], they got a striker, they got Ross [Barkley] and Douglas Luiz who is a player who is starting to show us he is capable.

"He is a player that I know really well from my time at City and I think the time is benefiting them together.

"You can see what they are trying to do and they look really strong."

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