Jamie Carragher aims another sly dig at Arsenal for over-celebrating | Football

Arsenal’s celebrations have again been criticised by Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher (Picture: Getty/CBS)

Jamie Carragher has risked the wrath of Arsenal fans once again after taking another sly swipe at Mikel Arteta’s side for ‘getting carried away’ and over-celebrating this season.

Earlier this month, Carragher divided opinion by lambasting Martin Odegaard’s exuberant celebrations in the wake of Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat of title rivals Liverpool at the Emirates.

The beaming Norway midfielder was pictured soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the moment with Arsenal’s official photographer, Stuart MacFarlane, as the Gunners moved to within two points of Jurgen Klopp’s men at the top of the Premier League table.

Though it represented a potentially pivotal shift in this season’s title race, former Liverpool and England defender Carragher was less than impressed and urged the Arsenal captain to ‘just get down the tunnel’ on Sky Sports’ commentary of the game.

The likes of Ian Wright, David Seaman and Ray Parlour have all since hit back at Carragher’s comments, arguing that Arteta and his players had every right to react in they way they did following such an important victory.

Arteta has also been drawn into the debate, saying he ‘loved’ seeing such ‘passion and emotion’ in the game when asked about Carragher’s criticism ahead of Arsenal’s 6-0 thrashing of West Ham.

Just as the war of words appeared to be dying down, Carragher reignited the furore again as he praised Harry Kane for fronting up to the media in the wake of Bayern Munich’s Champions League last-16 first leg loss at Lazio on Tuesday night.

‘It takes me back to playing with Liverpool,’ Carragher said on CBS Sports.

‘You’re [Micah Richards] saying about it being easy doing press and media when you’re doing well, and I do think when you’re in a situation at a club like that and it’s not going well, I always felt – certainly at the latter end of my career, I was seen as one of the leaders at Liverpool – I always think it’s your job to go out and speak to the press when it’s tough.

‘When things are going well, everyone is getting asked for interviews, everyone can say nice things, everyone’s in a positive mood.

Mikel Arteta celebrates Arsenal's win over Liverpool

Arteta’s side moved to within two points of the top by beating Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

‘But I think it’s really important when the best players and the experienced players always have to come out when it’s tough times.

‘I played for the club, I didn’t play for any managers, I played for the club.

‘I let everyone enjoy the glory when they were winning.’

The rampant Gunners hit West Ham for six at the weekend (Picture: Getty)

Ex-Manchester City star Micah Richards, a lifelong Arsenal fan, responded by reminding Carragher of his celebrations in the aftermath of Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League triumph, to which Carragher replied: ‘Well, I mean if I’m allowed one… I’m allowed one aren’t I?

‘I never over-celebrate. There are certain teams in England who do get carried away celebrating.’

‘Here we go again. Arsenal again we’re talking about. Let it go, Jamie,’ Richards hit back, which saw a grinning Carragher respond: ‘Arsenal fans, you’re [Richards] one of them! There’s no escape from these Gooners is there?!’

Arsenal travel to Burnley this weekend, looking to make it five wins on the trot in the English top flight after putting six goals past David Moyes’ sorry West Ham last time out.

The north London giants then return to Champions League action in the first leg of their last-16 tie away to Porto next Wednesday evening.

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