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'Why is everybody trying to kill the joy?'

Jorginho and Declan Rice of Arsenal celebrate after the team's victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium
Jorginho and Declan Rice of Arsenal celebrate after the team's victory in the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium

Former Arsenal forward Ian Wright has made a rather passionate defence of the Gunners' celebrations following Sunday’s thrilling victory over Liverpool, with the former England striker asking: "Why is everybody trying to kill the joy?"

In a post on social media, Wright said: "The negativity towards Mikel Arteta - what has he done apart from celebrating a goal and his team that is trying to beat these juggernauts, Liverpool and Manchester City?

"Because Martin Odegaard is taking a picture with the photographer, a lifelong Gunner, what is wrong with the captain doing that? It has nothing do with the fact we have beaten Liverpool, it's just an opportunity. Why is everyone trying to kill the joy? Don’t kill the joy, there is so much of the season to go.

"As soon as Arsenal do anything, there is a pile on. It’s like England at a World Cup or the Euros, everyone is jumping on them and the same thing is happening with Arsenal. Don’t let them spoil the joy, keep doing what you are doing, what will be, will be.

"My manager celebrates with passion, like you do, because that's what it's about. People are expecting Arsenal to bottle it and lose these games and we are getting ourselves through with injuries and everything and the hatred is so intense. Just leave us alone man. You lot can take the mick if it doesn’t happen, like you normally do.

"Enjoy it Arsenal fans. Enjoy our moments because that's all this game is: moments. We had one beating the great Liverpool, who are top of the league. Up the Gunners."