Pundit slams Gnabry for his celebration at the Emirates

Micah Richards criticized Serge Gnabry for his celebration after scoring against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Although Gnabry was nurtured in part by Arsenal, spending several years in their youth system, he struggled to secure a regular first-team place and eventually returned to Germany, where he blossomed into a global superstar.

Gnabry has been among Europe’s elite attackers for several seasons and played a pivotal role in Bayern Munich’s draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinals in London.

While many players opt not to celebrate when facing their former clubs and scoring, Gnabry showed no hesitation in doing so, seemingly using the celebration as a statement against Arsenal for his departure from the club.

Speaking about the attacker’s celebration, Richards said, as quoted by Metro Sport:

‘Gnabry coming back to his old stomping ground and celebrating in front of the fans… I don’t like that, Gnabry! Settle down, settle down!

‘He can celebrate but he’s coming down and he’s doing all that sauce nonsense. You can’t do that at the Emirates!

‘They’re coming back for you, Gnabry! They’re coming back for you.’

Just Arsenal Opinion

Most players will not celebrate against their former teams, but Gnabry does not owe us anything and his celebration should not worry us.

We need to focus on preparing for the reverse fixture in Germany because it will be tough.

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  1. He didn’t leave Arsenal last summer, it was 8 YEARS AGO. The only player on the team NOW that was even around then is Elneny. Pretty sure he’s not offended by it.

  2. We won’t have to deal with him next game as he’s got a hamstring pull. It’s a good while since he played for us though, and he might have a bit of a grudge, having been loaned out to a Pulis team, which probably set his career back a bit.
    Mica’s a well-known Gooner, so no surprise here.

  3. ITS A NON STORY, AS ALL REALISTS CAN EASILY SEE . Richards is in any case utterly wrong in his view.
    Its not as if Gnabry left us while being a regular star in our first team. But he was simply an occasional hardly ever playing fringe playerand had he not developed rapidly after he left , no one would have even thought about him at all
    His development was NOT with us but elsewhere, so he is perfectly entitled both legally and morally , to celebrate scoring against us.

    Its a nonsense non story anyway!

    1. First off, I highly doubt you have actually watched him in an Arsenal shirt, because he was outstanding everytime from what I remember, certainly for a teenager at the time.

      Secondly, I do think his salty celebration is justified but not because it was a long time ago, rather because reports have it that he was loyal to the club and wanted to stay but was sold against his will. That’s the kind of “forward thinking” club that we were under Wenger.

    1. Reply to @Jon Fox. Even Mavropanos, who didn’t really feature for us, didn’t celebrate after scoring against us.

      1. WHAT DOES THAT PROVE THEN,IF ANYTHING? No one suggested is it compulsory to celebrate . Did they!!

        Plus GNABRY left us 8 year ago and that is a lifetime in football terms . He is not a time one club player who moved after say 6 years as a first team regular.

        It is daft to suggest he ought not to celebrate at a club he left a long eight years since! He owes us nothing, after all!

        1. You claimed “his development was not with us but elsewhere” which prompted me to remind you that he came through our academy, while furthe citing another example in Mavropanos who left in similar situation but had the class to opt against celebrating when he scored against us. And yes, he owes us that bit of respect and gratitude for playing a part in his career, especially at our ground.

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