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Former Tottenham player surprisingly DEFENDS Mikel Arteta and Arsenal

Mikel Arteta’s men have got people talking with their style of ‘celebrating so-much’ after wins in the Premier League.

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Former Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has offered an intriguing theory regarding Mikel Arteta and Arsenal tendency to “celebrate so-much” after matches this season.

Despite recent criticism aimed at the Gunners for their exuberant post-match reactions, Townsend suggests that these celebrations might be a calculated strategy employed by Arteta to assert Arsenal’s presence and instill a sense of belief within the squad.

Townsend, now plying his trade at Luton Town, shared his perspective during an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live.

He proposed that Arteta deliberately amplifies celebrations to send a message to opponents, as well as establish Arsenal as formidable title contenders.

Townsend referenced occasions such as Arsenal’s victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield, where he believes the excessive celebrations were intended to assert dominance and “lay down a marker” for the season ahead.

Regarding Arsenal’s recent win over Liverpool, which sparked renewed debate over their post-match demeanor, Townsend suggested that Arteta’s animated reactions and the team’s celebrations were part of a broader strategy to foster resilience and self-belief.


Arsenal players celebrating a goal in the Premier League (Image Credit: Getty Images)

By publicly displaying unity and determination, Arteta aims to bolster Arsenal’s mental fortitude and create a perception of strength among their rivals.

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Townsend said “I think it is a conscious tactic from Mikel Arteta to over-celebrate the victories,” Townsend said. “If I go back to the Community Shield when they beat City, I feel like they wanted to over-celebrate to lay down that marker and let City know they were there.

“Same against Liverpool, let’s let them know we are there and they are fighting. I don’t think Arteta really wanted to celebrate a Community Shield that badly but I think just mentally he is trying to make Arsenal stronger, tougher, tougher to beat and break down to make them believe they can win this league so I think it’s a conscious effort from Arteta.”


Critics, including former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher and pundit Gary Neville, have raised eyebrows at Arsenal’s demonstrative celebrations, with Carragher even urging Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard to retreat to the tunnel after the Liverpool victory.

However, Townsend contends that these celebrations serve a purpose beyond mere jubilation, serving as a deliberate tactic to shape Arsenal’s mentality and project confidence in their ability to compete at the highest level.

While opinions may differ on the appropriateness of Arsenal’s celebrations, Townsend’s insight offers a fresh perspective on Arteta’s management approach.

Despite the scrutiny, it is clear that Arteta and Arsenal are unwavering in their determination to mark their presence and assert their ambition through both on-field performances and post-match celebrations.

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