The scenes at the Emirates following Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Liverpool ruffled a few feathers, but Curtis Jones has since claimed that there was something of the Reds’ own regular celebrations on show from the hosts.
The celebrations in north London have been labelled as over the top and overzealous by many, although several fans and former players believe that a team has the right to celebrate their victories.
Others have also pointed to the fact that Liverpool regularly mark their own successes with jubilant scenes as is their right, and some have pointed to Newcastle’s team photo in the FA Cup earlier this season as a similar exhibition.
It has divided fans in the aftermath of the big win for the Gunners, who make up ground in the title race, dominating the discourse after what was an impressive showing from Arsenal, who had been under pressure ahead of the game.
Now, Liverpool star Jones has suggested that some of the victors’ party moves might have come from the Reds’ own playbook.
Liverpool star Curtis Jones (left) accused Arsenal of ‘stealing our stuff’ in the Gunners’ 3-1 win
Mikel Arteta could not hide his delight as Arsenal came out on top in showdown with title rivals
Martin Odegaard received criticism for taking snaps of the club photographer after full-time
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‘The gaffer, the way he fist pumps the crowd, that’s kind of our thing,’ Jones told the BBC when asked about the scenes in north London.
‘If they want to be stealing our stuff, it shows we’re on the right path if they’re copying us. They can have their moment and stuff, but there’s a long way to go.’
Martin Odegaard was seen taking photos of the Arsenal photographer, scenes which sparked intriguingly strong responses from some pundits.
‘Just get down the tunnel,’ the Liverpool icon turned Sky Sports pundit fumed. ‘You’ve won a game, three points, you’ve been brilliant. Back in the title race, get down the tunnel. I’m serious, honestly.’
Mikel Arteta himself, who has gotten himself into trouble with his own celebrations this term already, was seen reacting emphatically to Leandro Trossard’s stoppage-time third goal.
The former Everton player was seen running back down the touchline to his technical area and pumping his fist after the Belgian’s cherry-topper.
Jurgen Klopp is known for his own passionate responses to goals and wins, regularly seen pumping his fists both on the touchline and in front of the fans after games on the pitch at Anfield.
Bukayo Saka had put the Gunners 1-0 up early on, before a defensive mix up saw Gabriel Magalhaes put it into his own net to restore parity at the break.
Jurgen Klopp is known for his trademark fist-pumping in front of the Kop after Liverpool wins
Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka opened the scoring in the 14th minute at the Emirates
Gabriel Magalhaes turned the ball into his own net after a mix-up between David Raya and William Saliba
Gabriel Martinelli was gifted the second goal after an error from Alisson and Virgil van Dijk
Leandro Trossard’s deflected strike sealed a crucial victory for Mikel Arteta’s side
But Gabriel Martinelli netted in the second half after another error, this time between Virgil van Dijk and Alisson, before Trossard made it three in added time.
While it was a big result for Arsenal to cut the gap at the top, they are still only third in the Premier League title race, level on points with Manchester City who have a superior goal difference and a game in hand crucially.
The Reds now lead their rivals by two points, while Arsenal could live to rue their drop-off in form over the Christmas period.
Defeats to Fulham and West Ham as well as a draw against Liverpool saw Arteta and Co slip eight points in three games, however they will be hoping to stay in the title conversation with a strong end to the campaign.