Laura Woods defends Arsenal after 'over-celebrating' win over Fulham

‘Get over it!’: Laura Woods joins fans in hitting back at Richard Keys after he criticised Arsenal for ‘over-celebrating’ their comeback win against Fulham which sent them top of the Premier League

  • Arsenal came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 at the Emirates on Saturday 
  • The victory was celebrated wildly by the players, staff and supporters 
  • Richard Keys believes Arsenal ‘over-celebrated’ their win against Fulham
  • Laura Woods disagrees, and feels Arsenal have every right to celebrate
  • A number of fans agree with Woods after Arsenal returned to the top of the table 

Presenter Laura Woods has leapt to the defence of Arsenal after Richard Keys accused them of ‘over-celebrating’ their 2-1 win against Fulham on Saturday.

The Gunners fell behind to an Aleksandar Mitrovic goal shortly after half time, but drew level through a deflected Martin Odegaard striker, before Gabriel netted the winning goal four minutes from time, sparking jubilant scenes at the final whistle.

The result maintained Arsenal’s 100 per cent start to the season, and moved them back to the top of the table, but Keys was unimpressed by the enthusiastic celebrations at the Emirates Stadium.

Gabriel netted the winner against Fulham to send Arsenal top of the Premier League table

Richard Keys thinks Arsenal ‘over-celebrated’ their win against newly-promoted Fulham

‘I understand Arsenal’s fans celebrating in the manner that they did. I felt that the coach and his players over-celebrated a 2-1 win against Fulham,’ Keys said on beIN SPORTS on Sunday.

‘I think this sort of reaction to what happened yesterday from Arteta and co tells me how far they’ve fallen. 

‘Arsene Wenger would have been howled out of the arena if his team had scraped a 2-1 win with in effect an own goal that was well off-target until it took a deflection, and a present from Jay (Bernd) Leno.’

This is not the first time that Keys has been critical of Arsenal’s celebrations after a positive result. However, on this occasion, Woods, who supports Arsenal, opted to hit back at her fellow presenter as she claimed that the reaction to the win showed how Mikel Arteta has got the club’s fanbase back on side after some rocky periods in recent years. 

‘I don’t understand why we’re suddenly not allowed to celebrate wins. Let me tell you why: four wins in four for Arsenal, you’re missing key players in that win as well, Partey and Zinchenko,’ Woods said on talkSPORT.

Laura Woods has defended the celebrations that took place at the Emirates Stadium

‘Last season, at this point, we were taking bets on this show for relegation for Arsenal and for Mikel Arteta to lose his job. So, I don’t think that celebration was necessarily about beating Fulham. It was probably a combination of things. Probably a lot of relief in there as well at the way that Mikel Arteta has turned that club around.

‘Give us a little bit of a break, give us some credit in this. I think a lot of it as well is rebuilding this team and rebuilding the relationship with the fans, which was so important for Mikel Arteta. 

‘To rebuild the relationship with the fanbase to the point where they are celebrating after beating Fulham that much, that’s a positive for me, that’s great. That just shows that your fanbase are completely engaged, they love what they’re seeing. It’s not just about who you beat, it’s the football that they’re playing, and it’s the position that you put yourselves in. 

‘It’s the Premier League, anything can happen. Just enjoy it while it’s there. Don’t rain on people’s parade. If you’re not allowed to celebrate and if someone’s going to come along and say: “hang on a minute, that’s a bit much! That looks like a Premier League celebration, why are you celebrating like you won the league?” It’s just celebrating a game. It means something to somebody. Get over it!’

A number of Arsenal supporters have backed Woods’ stance, claiming that the north London club have been unfairly targeted.

One supporter feels that Arsenal have been harshly criticised for their celebrations

Another fan appeared to suggest that Keys has a personal agenda against Arsenal

”When other teams win they are allowed to celebrate. For Arsenal we ain’t allowed too. Definition of double standards,’ one fan wrote on Twitter.

‘Richard Keys STILL going on about Arsenal. Incredible,’ another supporter posted, alongside a laughing face emoji.

Meanwhile, one fan insisted that supporters will continue to celebrate Arsenal’s success despite Keys’ criticism.

‘We shall keep over celebrating… Let that sink in!!!’ they wrote.

Arsenal are the only team in the Premier League to have picked up maximum points so far this season, and they will have the chance to continue their winning streak when they host Aston Villa on Wednesday. 

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