Arteta questioned Arsenal’s "respect" in angry half-time team-talk vs Leeds

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gave his side a dressing down at half-time to spark their second half turnaround against Leeds.

The Gunners were second best throughout in the first half but went in level after the Championship side failed to take their chances.

They turned things around after the break with a Reiss Nelson goal giving them a 1-0 win and a tie with AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round.

Striker Alexandre Lacazette revealed how Arteta shouted at his players at half-time, sparking a response after they failed to heed his pre-game warnings and respect his message.

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Lacazette told BBC Sport: "The manager shouted a lot.

"He was not happy because we knew they'd play like this and we didn't respect what he had said."

Arteta himself addressed his half-time team-talk after the game and felt his side learnt a valuable lesson as they passed a tough test.

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Arteta said: "Now I'm really pleased but we saw two different teams from the first to second half.

"I tried to tell them exactly what they were going to face and after 32 minutes we had won one duel, I think. We changed our attitude, desire and organisation at half-time and then we were completely different.

"They had to experience how hard and tough it was going to be.

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"I watched a lot of Leeds games and they battered every team every three days.

"It was good for my players to learn and to suffer on the pitch."

After an encouraging start to life in the dugout, Arteta will take his side back into Premier League action at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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