Mikel Arteta has made a bold claim about Steve Bruce following his departure from Newcastle.

The 60-year-old was sacked on Wednesday, leading to an outpouring of support from the media.

The defending of Bruce is actually incredible. It’s better than any of the defending we’ve seen at St James’ Park this season.

But Bruce’s shortcomings as a manger are being ignored by most. Instead, it is the villainous Newcastle fans who have ran Bruce out of town with pitchforks.

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‘Abuse’ is the buzzword being used. That’s despite the fact that Bruce isn’t on social media and previously talked about all the nice things people were saying.

But the narrative has changed, and now Newcastle fans are being told they bullied the former manager.

Will there have been horrible things said on Twitter? Definitely. Does that happen to most people in football? Probably, but that is no excuse.

The truth of the matter is that most criticism aimed at Bruce was for his failures as a manager. And my word, there were a lot during his time at St James’ Park.

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Fans are entitled to be unhappy with what they witnessed. The football was dire, the results got worse and worse and players regressed. Off the pitch, Bruce didn’t do himself any favours either with comments such as ‘mass hysteria’ and ‘the mighty Rafa’.


People talk about Rafa Benitez being a master of PR, but he’s got nothing on Brucey.

What has Mikel Arteta said about Steve Bruce?

We’ve got people re-writing history for the former Manchester United defender, with Arsenal boss Arteta going on as if he delivered England the World Cup in 1966!

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“He’s [Bruce] one of the most important managers that England has had in the last 100 years,” he told Sky Sports.

Not really a ringing endorsement for other managers in England over the past century, is it Mikel? Imagine getting that much praise after seven wins from 38.

Yes, it’s amazing Bruce has managed 1000 games. It’s amazing because he’s consistently proved that he’s not actually very good at it, and that’s why he’s never won a single trophy in his ‘illustrious’ career.

Newcastle fans can’t believe what they’ve heard from the Arsenal manager.

Newcastle fans are baffled by Mikel Arteta’s comments

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