Ian Wright has admitted he doesn’t understand the criticism from Wolves players of the way Arsenal celebrated their recent 10-man win.
Ruben Neves and Conor Coady were two Wolves players to publicly speak out and complain about the manner of Arsenal’s celebrations following the Gunners’ recent 1-0 victory away from home.
Quite what provoked them is unclear, but they put their celebration police outfits on and whined about it anyway.
Ian Wright certainly didn’t understand the reaction from Wolves. Speaking on the Wrighty’s House podcast, he took issue with Neves’ comments in particular.
“I was vexed with Neves, coming out and saying ‘look at how Arsenal are celebrating’,” Wright said. “What’s wrong with you?
“That’s an unbelievable result for Arsenal, (considering) the way that you lot have been playing. 1-0 down with 10 men away from home and we get the goal [win]. That is cause for celebration!”
“We saw the way they celebrated the win and that shows the level we are,” Neves had said. “I didn’t see Arsenal celebrating like this in the past 10 years – it was like they won the league.”
Conor Coady then joined in on the same topic in a different interview the following day.
“They celebrated quite hard, didn’t they?” Coady said. “So we’ve seen the celebrations, I’ll be honest with you from our point of view, we really didn’t like them.
“It’s something where we’ve got two weeks’ time now to try and put it right going back to the Emirates and try and put on a good game again.”
In reality, there was nothing abnormal about the way Arsenal celebrated. The reaction was completely explained by the context of the game and the nature of the task following the red card.
But it seemed to fire Wolves up to go and beat Spurs a few days later.
I’m not sure many Arsenal fans will take issue with that turn of events, as long as it’s followed by another win for Arsenal against Wolves next week.