Luton Town officials were reportedly ‘taken aback’ by the reaction of Arsenal players after a dramatic late winner from Declan Rice sealed a 4-3 win at Kenilworth Road.
Rice headed home deep into stoppage time on December 5 to give Mikel Arteta’s a five point lead in the Premier League title race.
It was a result that meant a lot to Arteta, who received a touchline ban for his celebration of their last-gasp winner against the newly-promoted Hatters.
And after the full-time whistle, those celebrations continued, according to a report from theDaily Mail, who detailed the “raucous” scenes inside Arsenal’s dressing room.
It is believed Arsenal players serenaded the in-form Declan Rice to a rendition of Vanilla Ice’s famous track Ice, Ice Baby.
The Gunners continued their post-match celebrations for some time after the final whistle. In fact, Luton officials were ‘taken aback’ by the levels of noise and euphoria from the away dressing room.
One insider commented on the scenes: “You’d have thought they’d won the league, not nicked a win at little Luton.”
Arsenal have been accused of over-celebrating wins in the past. Back in May, Sky pundit Gary Neville accused the likes of Oleksandr Zinchenko of doing exactly that after they collapsed in the title race.
Zinchenko was seen shouting and beeping his horn from a car window while shouting “come on” following a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace in March.
🗣️ “The over celebrations against Aston Villa. Zinchenko after Bournemouth, celebrating an hour after the game with the fans.” 🤔@GNev2 is critical of the experienced players at Arsenal for not spreading composure in the dressing room pic.twitter.com/Wc46Bi0Ytr
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 15, 2023
After their 3-0 defeat against Brighton all but ended their title ambitions, Neville accused some Gunners players of getting ahead of themselves.
“I always doubted whether this Arsenal team [could win the title], just looking at some of the things that were happening,” Neville said on Monday Night Football.
“The over-celebrations against Aston Villa [after the 4-2 win in February]. I look at little things that might look a little bit harsh – Zinchenko celebrating an hour after the game with the fans outside and screaming.
“You want your leaders in the team, who have been there before to spread composure around the dressing room and calm everybody down. You don’t want them to lift the anxiety, lift the emotion.”
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