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Ian Wright hits back at Carragher, Neville over Odegaard, Arsenal


Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has hit out at fellow pundits, Jamie Caragher, Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand for criticising Martin Odegaard and the Gunners’ celebrations after Sunday’s win over Liverpool.

Arsenal secured a 3-1 victory against Liverpool in a Premier League tie at Emirates, thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard.

There were wild scenes of celebration during and after the match, with Odegaard criticised by Carragher for taking pictures of club photographer Stuart MacFarlane.

Also, Neville felt the celebrations were a sign of immaturity, while Ferdinand took aim at Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta for ‘doing laps of the ground’ and celebrating as though his team had won the league.

However, Wright, who was at the game, was not pleased with the criticism.

Reacting to all the criticism in a video post on X, Wright said: “The negativity towards my manager man, what has he done apart from celebrating a goal and celebrating his team?

“Celebrating a team that is trying to beat these juggernauts, Liverpool and Manchester City.

“And because he’s celebrating? Because Martin Odegaard is taking a picture with Stuart the photographer? A lifelong Gunner. This man has been supporting Arsenal since he was five or something ridiculous like that.

“Just taking a picture in front of the north bank, what’s wrong with the captain doing that?

“It’s got nothing to do with the fact that we’ve just beaten Liverpool, that’s just an opportunity. Why is everybody trying to kill the joy? Don’t kill the joy.”

“Just leave us alone. You lot can take the p**s if it doesn’t happen like you normally do. Leave us alone in the joy.

“Enjoy Arsenal fans! Enjoy our moments! Because that’s all this game is: moments. And we had one tonight, we beat the great Liverpool who are top of the league. Up the Gunners!”

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