Arsenal claimed a vital 3-1 win over Liverpool, but Mikel Arteta's sideline celebrations have seen him come under fire.
Celebrate how you want, when you want.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has again come under fire for his 'over the top' celebrations after his side put Liverpool to the sword in a 3-1 win at the Emirates.
With the Gunners holding a slender 2-1 heading into stoppage time, Leandro Trossard picked the ball up on the halfway line and drove into the Liverpool box. His shot from a tight angle made it through Alisson's legs and sent the home crowd into raptures - including Arteta.
“You can see that I can still sprint!” Arteta said with a smile via arsenal.com on his celebration. “I realise I was going to get booked so I started to turn around immediately because I want to be next to the team. It was an incredible game, one that I will remember especially for the way it happened and for the emotions that we felt during the game. I’m going to have a beautiful dinner tonight.”
Now, as is the case with Arsenal, the celebration police were out in force post-game, criticising Arteta's 'antics' over the late goal with former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher and TV presenter Richard Keys the ones with the biggest gripes.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright leapt to the defense of Arteta (rightly so) in the aftermath, posting a video on X and stated for people "not to kill the joy" when it comes to football and celebrating the great moments the game produces.
It was a monster win for the club and one that keeps them firmly in the title race, but as usual, the most debated thing to come out of the game wasn't that Arsenal put Liverpool to the sword to the tune of a 3-1 win...it was the celebration of Arteta that has created the most headlines.
People aren't robots and we agree with Wright here - don't kill the joy that football brings by trying to control how people, fans or even a manager celebrate.
Do it how you want, when you want.