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‘Go to church’- Mikel Arteta hits back at Arsenal celebration critics


Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has, on Saturday, moved to defend his side from the widely-discussed ‘celebration police’.

Chatter surrounding Arsenal’s exuberant celebratory endeavours, of course, has taken its place front and centre in the English media headlines over recent weeks.

This comes as the Gunners continue to showcase no hesitation in letting their emotions fly, on the back of crucial goals and results.

Rival fans and pundits alike, however, have often been quick to condemn such actions, pointing towards them being over the top and premature.

Drawn on the situation this weekend after a last-minute Reiss Nelson winner sparked utter pandemonium across The Emirates last time out, Mikel Arteta, though, was quick to clap back at critics.

Asked if he has any intention of requesting that his side rein in their celebrations in the face of a similar late show at Craven Cottage tomorrow afternoon, the Arsenal boss assured:

“None. If you win in football you celebrate.”

Arteta then went on to suggest that those who would rather take in a more somber atmosphere may be better served in attending a church mass, adding:

“Well, [if] you want passion and emotion there is nothing better than scoring goals and winning football matches. So if not, you go to church. For sure, I won’t be telling the players not to celebrate on Sunday.”

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.


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