Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou has defended Mikel Arteta and Arsenal over their celebrations after beating Liverpool last weekend.
Arteta and Arsenal’s players have come under fire for their post-match celebrations following their 3-1 win over Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium last Sunday.
But Postecoglou has backed Arteta and believes Arsenal were entitled to celebrate how they wished after beating their Premier League title rivals.
Asked if teams should be allowed to celebrate big wins without criticism, Postecoglou said: ‘Yeah, I think that’s why we’re doing what we do.
‘You know what, I guess we’re running out of things to talk about if we’re talking about that stuff. It’s of no interest to me.
‘I think people should be happy when things go well and sad when not because that’s what life’s about.’
Meanwhile, Arteta insists he has only received compliments for how he celebrated Arsenal’s win over Liverpool, which has now put them two points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Premier league.
‘I didn’t know anything about it. But I love it – I’ve seen [away] managers at the Emirates on their knees, on the pitch. I’ve seen very big managers walking onto the pitch, I’ve seen managers going across the touchline,’ Arteta said.
‘I’ve seen that all in the Premier League. Personally, I love it because it brings such passion and emotion to the game.
‘When it’s done in a natural and unique way, I think it’s great. It’s my opinion and a lot of people may have something very different to mine.
‘In my life, what I have heard in the past five days, it’s all positive. So do you want to hear more the negative part, or the very positive part?
‘I think there has been a lot of positiveness, and maybe a little criticism, if you focus there, you only see that. It depends on your perspective.
‘It was an extremely positive reaction from our people, from media, staff, others managers, I got so many texts. When I’m walking in the street it’s pride and a lot of compliments for what we did, so I don’t have that impression at all.’
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