Ruben Neves and Conor Coady have been complaining to the media because Arsenal hurt their feelings celebrating Thursday’s win.
Speaking after he failed to find a way past 10 men on Thursday, Ruben Neves whinged that Arsenal celebrated their away win over Wolves too aggressively.
“We saw the way they celebrated the win and that shows the level we are,” Neves said. “I didn’t see Arsenal celebrating like this in the past 10 years – it was like they won the league.”
Obviously, that’s not true. Arsenal have won four major trophies in the last 10 years, and they celebrated those with far more vigour.
But the exaggeration from Neves is a natural reaction to being upset at losing.
Conor Coady then joined in on the same topic in a different interview the following day, still clearly unable to process that they couldn’t score a goal at home despite being gifted an opportunity by one of the more bizarre red cards Arsenal have received.
“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.”
It’s inevitable that Wolves’ frustration at their continuing problems in front of goal would spill over into lashing out at Arsenal for celebrating a win.
But 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.
I’m afraid the Wolves response just sounds like sour grapes.