Mikel Arteta has rejected suggestions that Arsenal’s enthusiastic celebrations indicate a lack of maturity in their title challenge.
After Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool, which brought them within two points of the league leaders, criticism arose regarding their post-match reactions at the Emirates Stadium.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher advised captain Martin Odegaard to quickly head down the tunnel instead of taking pictures with the club photographer’s camera, while Gary Neville commented that it displayed “a little bit of immaturity.”
However, Arteta disagrees with pundits take on their celebrations. He stated that he never observed celebrating victories having a negative impact on a season’s outcome.
“If I think when I have won Premier Leagues somewhere else, the answer would be: ‘big no’,” he said.
“My experience says no but maybe someone says ‘my experience, yes.’ Mine says no because I have seen how to celebrate.”
Arteta claimed he had not even been aware of any negativity aimed at Arsenal.
“They (the club’s communications department) told me today so I didn’t know anything about it,” he added.
“But I love it. I’ve seen managers at the Emirates, away (at other stadiums) on their knees inside the pitch. I’ve seen very big managers going across the touchline in the Premier League.
“Personally, I love it because it brings such a passion and emotion to the game when it’s done in a natural and unique way. I think it’s great but it’s my opinion and other people may think something different.
“What I’ve heard in the last five days it’s all positive. Do you want to hear the negative part or the very positive part? I think it was a lot of positives and hardly any criticism.
“If you focus on the criticism then you only see that, depending on your perspective. I think it was a positive reaction from our people, from other managers I got so many texts.
“Every time I walk in the street it’s lots of pride and a lot of compliments to the team for what they did. I don’t have that impression at all.”