Arteta so angry by Anthony Taylor he starts laughing at ref during Arsenal win

Mikel Arteta was so enraged by referee Anthony Taylor's decision-making in Arsenal's 4-2 win over Brighton – that he just laughed.

The Premier League leaders cruised to a comfortable win over the Seagulls to soar into 2023 seven points clear of Manchester City. But despite being chuffed by the scoreline, Arteta was far less impressed by the questionable performance of match official Taylor.

The Spaniard felt a flurry of decisions went against his side in the game, and he could only muster a chuckle whilst digesting the action from the sidelines. After Bukayo Saka opened the scoring for Arsenal early on, it seemed to Arteta and the Gunners faithful that Taylor had it in for them.

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In the first half which saw Arsenal concede six fouls compared to Brighton's two, Gunners ace Eddie Nketiah was enraged when Taylor dismissed his pleas for a free-kick after clashing with Seagulls star Lewis Dunk.

The Gunners were aggrieved again in the second period when they felt Bukayo Saka should've been awarded a free kick by the ref. Several similar instances led a beleaguered Arteta to laugh in confusion.

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And his dismay was perpetuated by Arsenal fans who shared their grievances about Taylor's display in unison with Arteta on Twitter. One fan mused: "Haha, Arteta laughing at Anthony Taylor's incompetence."

While another quipped: "Even Arteta has to laugh at Taylor." And a third fan chuckled: "Arteta is laughing at Antony Taylor’s decisions." Then a fourth supporter waded in to say: "Arteta just laughing now at how many decisions Brighton get off Taylor."

However, the ref did come to Arsenal's rescue in the game when he ruled out a late strike from Brighton that would've made the score 4-3. Kaoru Mitoma pegged one back for the Seagulls in the 89th minute, but the goal was ruled out by Taylor who ruled winger offside after consulting with VAR.

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