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Mikel Arteta has defended Arsenal's exuberant post-match celebrations following their win over Liverpool, stating that it does not indicate immaturity. Arteta, who won Premier League titles as an assistant coach with Manchester City, believes that celebrating victories brings passion and emotion to the game. He acknowledged that others may have a different opinion, but personally, he loves it when celebrations are done in a natural and unique way. Arteta's comments come after criticism from pundits and opposition players about Arsenal's celebrations.
"Personally, I love it because it brings such passion and emotion to the game. When it's done in a natural and unique way, I think it's great."
However, Arteta emphasized that despite the celebrations, there is still a long way to go in the title race and cautioned against complacency. He highlighted the experiences he gained from winning Premier League titles and stated that celebrating one victory does not affect a team's durability in a title race. Arsenal currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League table and will face West Ham in their next match.
"They can have their moment and stuff, but there's a long way to go," Arteta said.