Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, remains unapologetic about expressing his emotions, despite facing criticism for his exuberant celebrations during Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Arteta’s animated reactions, including sprinting down the touchline and fist-pumping towards fans, drew comments from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, who suggested a “little bit of immaturity” in Arsenal’s jubilation.
However, Arteta defended his emotional display, expressing his love for the passion it brings to the game when done in a “natural and unique way.” The win brought Arsenal within two points of Jurgen Klopp’s team in a crucial encounter.
Addressing the criticism, Arteta stated, “If you’re not allowed to celebrate when you win a game, when are you allowed to celebrate?” He highlighted that emotional reactions from managers are not uncommon, citing instances of other coaches displaying intense emotions on the pitch.
Arteta emphasized that the expression of emotion is subjective, acknowledging that opinions may vary. Despite the scrutiny, the Arsenal manager stands firm in his belief that genuine and passionate celebrations contribute to the spirit of the game.