Gabby Agbonlahor has told TalkSPORT (Wednesday morning, 7.10AM) that Jesse Marsch is “all for show” when it comes to his antics on the Leeds United touchline – when comparing Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s aggression.

Arteta was embroiled in a late row with Newcastle manager Eddie Howe during Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw at the Emirates. Arsenal appealed for a late penalty. Arteta went berserk at the fourth official as he tried to get a spot kick.

Howe told Arteta to calm down, and Arteta took exception. It looked as if Howe was accusing of Arteta to try and buy his side a penalty, which would have almost certainly won the Gunners the match. It was not to be, ending in a draw.

Speaking on Arteta’s actions on the touchline at The Emirates, Agbonlahor said he liked to see Arteta’s passion. But strangely, he compared Marsch’s few incidents in which he has been heated – claiming it is “all for show”.

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“People don’t like Arteta’s reactions on the side during the game but I love it,” Agbonlahor said. “I think Jesse Marsch it’s all for show at Leeds. But I feel like Arteta, he really is passionate about winning the Premier League and trophies.

“He’s not just doing it for show, he’s on the side because he can’t help himself because he’s so agitated to win the Premier League for Arsenal, and he would have been so frustrated after the game,” Agbonlahor added, to TalkSPORT.

Agbonlahor: Marsch all for show when comparing Arteta aggression

Bit of a weird one. Whether he likes Arteta’s passion and touchline incidents or not, to then randomly suggest Marsch is doing it for show is strange. But our American boss is hardly doing it just to get in the papers – or create an agenda.

Look at Marsch’s career. A hot-headed player with an angry streak in him – just ask David Beckham. Marsch has called out numerous teams and managers for time-wasting, and his altercation with Bruno Lage was more than called for.

Yes, in the heat of the moment. But it seems daft to suggest that Marsch is faking his passionate moments on the touchline – surely, it is just the same as Arteta? If not, Arteta goes over the top to try and win his side decisions.

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