The Gunners were criticised by the out of touch pundit for over celebrating their dramatic late win against Fulham on Saturday
Four games into the new season and the celebration police are out in force already.
It was a familiar theme towards the end of last season at Arsenal, with people seemingly queuing up to have a pop when they dared to show some emotion after a win.
And it hasn’t taken long to kick-off again this time around, with football’s most famous cancelled TV anchor taking aim at Arsenal for the heinous crime of celebrating their dramatic late comeback victory against Fulham on Saturday.
It was a win that maintained their 100 per cent start to the season, a win that sent them back to the top of the table and a win that ended a run of eight years in which they have failed to come out on top in a Premier League match having fallen behind in the second half.
Yet despite all that, Richard Keys (yep, remember him) was having none of it.
“Steady, it’s Fulham,” he said to Andy Gray, during beIN SPORTS’ post match coverage of the game. “And they trailed at one time.
“Yeah, well played, you came back to win it and they keep their 100 per cent record intact. But they haven’t won the [Premier League] title tonight. They have won a London derby.
“They’re four games into the season. Look at the manager.
“Enjoy it, but I don’t understand this. They’ve beaten Fulham. They’ve won nothing. They’ve over celebrated this.”
It doesn’t matter if that win has sent you back to the top of the table, it doesn’t matter if you’re a fan and you’re enjoying going to football more than you have done in years, it doesn’t even matter if you’ve spent £100 or more to be at the ground.
Just please, please, please don’t over celebrate (whatever that even is). Because Richard – sitting in his studio over in Qatar – said so.
A simple pat on the back and the odd high five will suffice.
Now, sarcasm aside, Keys’ comments – as ridiculous as they were – just highlighted a man who is so out of touch it’s embarrassing.
He tried to back track a bit on Sunday during beIN’s broadcast of the Wolves vs Newcastle game, saying that his words were aimed purely at the ‘coach and his players’.
But even if that was the case (which it clearly wasn’t), who on earth is he to tell anyone how to celebrate a win?
Even Nigel de Jong, a player who has reached a World Cup final, was sitting next to him in the studio telling him he was ‘putting too much weight on a celebration’.
Yet all Keys could do was continuously try to interrupt him. “Nigel, Nigel, they played Fulham!’
So not only was Keys digging out Arsenal, he was showing a complete lack of respect for Fulham, a side who had started the season unbeaten up to Saturday’s game, drawing against Liverpool and Wolves and beating Brentford.
It was as painful to watch as it was frustrating and I would have loved to have known what was going through de Jong’s head as Keys was trying to shut him down while he was trying to get his point across.