After all the talk about the Arsenal celebrations following their wins against Wolves, Mikel Arteta and Bruno Lage weighed in on the topic again on Thursday.
Following Arsenal’s 10-man win away to Wolves earlier this month, Bruno Lage was one of a few people to suggest Mikel Arteta’s side had over-celebrated the victory.
After Ruben Neves and Conor Coady had both complained about Arsenal’s celebrations, Lage told the media that if it were him: “Maybe I would be more calm to celebrate”.
Yet after another defeat and another set of enthusiastic celebrations on Thursday, Lage was more gracious.
“Football is about celebrating and scoring goals,” Lage said. “When you won in the last minute you need to celebrate in the best way you can.
“I know there’s been a lot of talk about celebrations and how Arsenal celebrated [last time]. For me, it’s no problem.”
As for Arteta, he told the media that he pushes the players to enjoy their victories. There’s never an easy game in the Premier League, and you know the next disappointment will leave you with little to smile about.
“I encouraged them to celebrate every victory,” Arteta said. “Because you can tell how difficult it is in this game to win football matches.
“Our supporters are the same, every time we win we should celebrate because when you lose or draw you know the faces are always (sad).”
Those are two level-headed responses from the managers, making the media storm surrounding the celebrations seem a bit over the top.
At the end of the day, Arsenal players and fans will celebrate a 10-man win or a 95th-minute winner regardless of the circumstances.
I have vivid memories of going crazy when Olivier Giroud scored a winner in the dying seconds against Preston North End, or when Alexis Sanchez converted an injury-time penalty against Burnley.
As Arteta says, you have to enjoy those moments when you can, taking no win for granted. That’s what football is about, not policing which results you’re allowed to enjoy.