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Player linked with Arsenal accuses Mikel Arteta of stealing something from his current club

A player who has been linked with a move to Arsenal has accused Mikel Arteta of stealling something that belongs to his current club

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Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones has accused Arsenal of ‘stealing’ his team’s celebrated traditions after Mikel Arteta’s side secured a 3-1 victory in a fiercely contested fixture last weekend. 

Despite the Merseysideiders conceding defeat with goals from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Leandro Trossard, Jones expressed discontent over what he perceived as Arsenal adopting Liverpool’s distinctive celebratory style.

The defeat saw Arsenal gain ground on table-topping Liverpool, who currently hold 51 points. After finishing five points behind Manchester City last season, Mikel Arteta and his team are determined to improve their standing in the 2023/24 campaign and bring glory to north London.

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Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones says Arsenal stole their celebrations following last weekend’s defeat (Image credit: Getty Images)

Jones, who played the full 90 minutes against the Gunners, spoke to BBC Sport, expressing his sentiments about teams ‘stealing’ Liverpool’s celebratory elements.

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He stated, “The celebrations and all that are all nice, but for many years, we’ve always been a team that our fans talk about. The gaffer himself, the way he fist bumps fans and stuff. That’s kind of like our thing. So if they want to be stealing our stuff, then it shows that we’re on the right path and we’ve got those who are copying us.”

Following the victory against Liverpool, Arsenal skipper Martin Odegaard stayed on the pitch to lead the celebrations. Odegaard took a photo with club photographer Stuart McFarlane, a lifelong Gunners fan, in front of the supporters. Arteta, too, was visibly jubilant in his technical area, continuing the celebration after the final whistle, and engaging in Klopp-like fist bumps with the home crowd.

In response to criticism from pundits, including former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville, Odegaard defended Arsenal’s celebrations and insisted that he and his teammates remain humble, vowing to continue working tirelessly for their upcoming challenges.

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