Gary Neville has warned Arsenal of not over-expending energy through passionate celebrations ahead of an intense run-in period and agrees that players should reign in their excitement at this stage.
The former Manchester United defender encouraged the Gunners to celebrate goals “with your life” but says the demeanour should change after full-time. Arsenal faced criticism from some analysts last week amid accusations of being too animated following their 3-1 win over title challengers Liverpool.
Pundits Jamie Carragher and Chris Sutton were two pundits who took issue with the celebrations on the Emirates Stadium pitch after Martin Odegaard was seen taking photos of the club photographer after the final whistle.
Others have defended Mikel Arteta's squad but while Neville says some humour has come out of the debate, there is an important underlying point. He harked back to last season’s run-in, when he believed at the time that Arsenal were being too impassioned too early.
Speaking on his Sky Sports podcast, Neville said: “There were a lot of jokes this week about over-celebrating and a lot of conversations about it, but it’s a really serious topic. I made a lot of points last year in the run-in about how emotion and passion can sap energy, particularly if you are a bit enthusiastic.
“It sounds absolutely crazy but look it up. If you use up too much emotion and too much enthusiasm and you overhype that excitement level, you sap energy from your body. Arsenal last season, there were moments I pointed towards when they looked a bit fickle.
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