Chris Sutton has criticised Arsenal for “celebrating like they’ve won the league” after their 2-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday.
Rob Holding and Gabriel struck either side of a Jarrod Bowen equaliser as the Gunners remained in the driving seat to claim fourth place.
Tottenham had beaten Leicester City 3-1 earlier in the day but Arsenal responded brilliantly to maintain a two-point cushion on Antonio Conte’s side.
There were dramatic scenes in the away end for both goals and at full time as they celebrated a tight win at the London Stadium but Sutton didn’t like what he saw.
“Arsenal celebrating like they’ve won the league… dear me.”
Chris Sutton – Celebration Police Commissioner. https://t.co/pjwovECkYG
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) May 1, 2022
Not the 4th place trophy… https://t.co/yHa3SkHMGr
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) May 1, 2022
Speaking earlier this season, Mikel Arteta revealed how he encourages his Arsenal side to celebrate every victory.
He said: “I encourage them to celebrate every victory. Because you can tell how difficult it is in this game to win football matches.
“Our supporters are the same, every time we win we should celebrate because when you lose or draw you know the faces are always (sad).”
After the match against West Ham, Arteta insisted that he was relieved to win “ugly” as they won their third Premier League match on the bounce.
“In England you say ‘win ugly’ and from my point of view we won ugly,” Arteta said. “It was a massive win in very difficult circumstances because we caused ourselves problems, especially with our decision-making.
“But the team showed huge character, not giving up but to continue doing the right things. The way they fought and the way they understood how they had to manage the game in certain moments, it was phenomenal.
“I am extremely happy to see a team that has this capacity to find a way to win and to show the character they showed.”
On the pressure of staying above Tottenham, Arteta added: “When you have to pass the ball from A to B under pressure or no pressure, this is an excuse.
“We were just sloppy at times and not precise and that led to a game we didn’t want to play in many moments.
“We recognise that and sometimes it happens. To play here against this team is not easy at all and we found a way to win the match.”
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