David Seaman has laughed off Jamie Carragher’s criticism of Arsenal celebrations after the side’s 3-1 win over title rivals Liverpool, arguing that Mikel Arteta’s men had every right to enjoy such a ‘massive’ victory.
The Gunners slashed Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League table to just two points thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka,
Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard in Sunday’s heavyweight encounter in north London.
Also after a rocky winter period, it was Arsenal’s third win on the bounce
And also the result sparked joyous scenes among the Emirates faithful,
With leaders Liverpool consigned to only their second defeat in the Premier League this season.
Arsenal’s beaming captain Martin Odegaard was pictured enjoying the moment with the club’s official photographer,
Stuart MacFarlane, on the pitch shortly after the final whistle – and the Norwegian’s celebrations drew the ire of Sky Sports pundit Carragher.
Liverpool fans not happy with the celebration done by Arsenal captain
Carragher insisted Odegaard and Arsenal’s players should ‘just get down the tunnel’ and the ex-Liverpool defender’s comments were met with a ferocious backlash – as the likes of Ian Wright and Ray Parlour bit back.
Also reflecting on Arsenal’s win on the Seaman Says podcast, club legend Seaman said:
‘Liverpool weren’t at it but don’t take anything away from Arsenal because the way they start the game was brilliant.
‘I loved the passion. There has been a lot said about Mikel Arteta and the way that we were celebrating. I loved that.
‘It’s a little bit on the edge, if I’m being honest. You know what I’m like: calm down, accept it! [laughs] – but it’s because of what was on the game.
‘Arsenal lose that game and we are out of the title race. We are eight points behind Liverpool
And Manchester City have still got two games in hand, so that would have been devastating.
‘I think that celebration came from the pressure of knowing what could happen if we got beat. The relief, that’s what it is.’