Gary Neville says Arsenal have earned the right to over-celebrate today

Gary Neville, known for his previous criticism of Arsenal’s exuberant celebrations following wins against opponents, has now given the Gunners his blessing to thoroughly enjoy their remarkable victory against Manchester City today.

Neville had been vocal in his critiques of Arsenal’s post-match celebrations during the previous season and had also criticised Mikel Arteta for his touchline behaviour. However, in light of Arsenal’s stunning triumph over the top team from Manchester, he concedes that they have every reason to savour this victory.

The former right-back said on Sky Sports:

“I’ve criticised Arsenal for over-celebrating but not today. That’s a huge moment for them.

“There’s a long, long way to go but that will give them so much confidence.”

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Everyone knows how hard it can be to come close to winning a match against Manchester City, which is why this win is big.

We have shown we want to win the league by defeating the holders and we expect our boys to build on this and earn even more significant victories.

For now, we will undoubtedly enjoy this one and go into the international break in the best possible manner.

As Neville added, there is still a long way to go, but this win could be huge at the end of this season.

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  1. The game was fought and won from the dugout

    Not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but a massive victory over outstanding quality opposition.

  2. The best striker in the world v the best defender in the world// Saliba kept Haaland ( aka, VEEGO the evil portrait spirit from Ghostbusters 2 ) quite.// Marking Veego out of the game was key to Arsenal securing all three points.// Walker and Veego are bad loosers, not wanting to shake hands at the end of the game. //To beat Man city, all you need to do is control the midfield and mark Veego out of the game, as he scores most of their goals.

  3. I’m not going to criticise the lads for over celebrating at any time. It could be snatching a late win or scraping through a difficult game with a draw. Points make prizes!

    Jealousy springs to mind with GN. Look at the scenes when Utd came back against Brentford 🙄

  4. He’s only saying this because of the Man Utd celebrations after their injury time win over Brentford and he wouldn’t criticise them would he.

  5. When this was brought up last season, I was scratching my head thinking whether there is some unknown correlation between the level of celebration and future performance. I mean if under-celebration does not result in better future performance, then what’s the issue with over-celebration?

    1. I was a bit uneasy with it at times. It could be a sign of a lack of composure to over celebrate a win against a side you should expect to beat – maybe. It appears to indicate you’ve not got the understanding that one game doesn’t win you anything, though I’m certain that is not the case.
      Also can come across a bit harsh/disrespectful against a smaller club when they’ve come close to getting a win or draw and lost it at the death and gives added incentive for that team to beat you the next time, which isn’t helpful.
      It’s just opinion at the end of the day. Clearly the arsenal players see it differently and maybe gain some other benefit.

  6. Yes it may very be as you mentioned. I like how you explained it. I’m just not sensitive to psychological implications and tend to brush it off as irrelevant. I see your point though

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