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Mikel Arteta rubbishes claims of over-the-top celebrations

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s game away to West Ham, Mikel Arteta has addressed criticism aimed at the Gunners over their celebrations following their 3-1 win over Liverpool last weekend.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hit back at claims that his side’s celebrations were over the top following the Gunners’ 3-1 win over Liverpool.

When Arsenal emerged as 3-1 victors at home to league leaders Liverpool last weekend, Arteta, his players and fans understandably rejoiced and let their sheer elation out for the world to see, but faced fierce criticism from pundits and rival fans.

Speaking immediately after the game, as players celebrated their win, Liverpool legend and pundit Jamie Carragher said: “Dear me, just get down the tunnel. You’ve won a game, you got three points. You’re back in the title race, get back down the tunnel. I’m serious.”

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Others, including Gary Neville and Roy Keane, also chimed in to voice their disapproval of the celebrations, though there were some people out to defend Arsenal, like Ally McCoist, who said: “In terms of Jamie Carragher, I think he is wrong. I think Arsenal and Arteta are well within their rights to celebrate.

“Whether they thought they over-celebrated, it doesn’t matter. It was a big result for them and they are entitled to celebrate with their fans.”

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But speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to face West Ham on Sunday, Arteta shut down his critics, saying: “I love it because I’ve seen managers at the Emirates on their knees, managers going across the pitch. I love it because it brings so much passion and emotion to the game.

“When you do something publicly some people will think positively, some negatively. We behave how we think is right to behave and we don’t want to lose that.

“It was a big match for us, you could tell from the atmosphere in the stadium. It was a great day.”

The boss is not the only one who rejects the notion of over-celebration, with club captain Martin Odegaard also offering his thoughts following the game, as he posed the question: “If you are not allowed to celebrate when you win a game when are you allowed to celebrate?”

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