Luton Town fans took to vent anger at referee Samuel Barrott while Mikel Arteta gets booked for celebrating the late Arsenal winner.
The Gunners left it late to edge the Hatters to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League standings.
Declan Rice’s last-gasp header deep in injury time led to crazy Arsenal celebrations in the stands and on the pitch after they had been pushed all the way to the last minute.
The Spaniard ran down the touchline, out of his technical area, and stepped onto the pitch before celebrating with his staff.
ARSENAL WIN IT AT THE DEATH!
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Never. Give. Up. ✊ pic.twitter.com/TAz9l8QTsr
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta now face a one-match ban from the touchline for Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa, after being booked (his fourth of the season).
This was because of his celebrations when Declan Rice netted in the 97th minute at Kenilworth Road.
But questioned if the booking was worth it, Arteta said via BeIN Sports: “Yeah, I could not be sitting on my seat, unfortunately.
“So I left there, I had no spatial awareness at all. It was just pure emotion. So if that’s a yellow. Okay, it’s a yellow.”
Luton fans took aim at the officials, making their feelings known after the final whistle as the referee and his colleagues made their way off the pitch, as you can hear in the videos below…
Above video credit – @HarrySymeou
Scenes at full-time 🔥🔥
Unbelievable. What a crazy, crazy night. pic.twitter.com/8f7VyAFk2l
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Great footage of the Arsenal away end celebrating Rice’s winner, shot by a Luton fan pic.twitter.com/p6jGhDiHEN
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Arteta adds: “So happy, we knew it was going to be a big battle here. We made it harder for ourselves, the way we conceded the goals but the spirit of the team. We never gave up, we are willing to win every game we play, we take risks and we go for it and we got our rewards.
“I really enjoyed it. Especially the end. This is the incredible thing about football, emotions and what you live together with a lot of people. It was a special night. Credit to Luton, the atmosphere they created, how they were coached, how they made it difficult for us, but we found a way to win. The resilience, and the character, and the quality and desire to win that the team showed was great.
“We don’t want a draw, we want to win. That emotion that we put in the pitch you can sense it.”
When asked if these are the games you need to win to win the title, he added: “Yeah and the previous one and the previous one, we need a lot of points to win the Premier League. It’s a really difficult place to come. To win six in a row the way we’ve done, in different ways, you just have to find a way to win when you haven’t done certain things. Especially in your box.”
Luton manager Rob Edwards: “We thought let’s have a go, that’s what our supporters want. That’s our identity. That’s what got us here.
“We have to play with more quality now and tactically we have to be better. But we were brave tonight, we were on the front foot and aggressive. We made it uncomfortable for them: Arsenal want a game with order.
“We tried to make it chaotic at the right times, but we had to show quality when we had the ball which was not as much. I’m really flat for everyone, the lads are flat in there, but I’m so, so proud of them as well.
“It gets tougher, but these are the games that we wanted. We have given a lot of good memories to our supporters here, who have gone through a lot of bad times, to see Arsenal coming here and going them a game, that will live long in the memory. Seeing our supporters clapping at the end, I know we’ve done our job.
“We were flat, I told them how proud I am of them. But we have to pick ourselves up and this gives us belief. We have to take that belief.”
This is how twitter users reacted having seen Luton fans vent anger at the referee while Mikel Arteta gets booked for celebrating the late Arsenal winner…
@raymakshi: Beautiful scenes
@RobertMitchell_: Why the Luton fans booing the ref? Was MOTM for them 🤷🏻♂️
@gingeadams: ‘They did not deserve that’ 😂 Well if our keeper hadn’t thrown two in, it could have been 4-1…Luton put up a good fight, had a sympathetic referee who let a lot go, but the stats don’t lie
@1ashby1: That is embarrassing. Imagine celebrating like that against Luton. Almost as bad as spurs doing a lap of honour for beating Sheffield United. Joke clubs
@ShashD: It’s sad that the home fans resorted to booing. They were booing Saka, they were booing Martinelli and they were booing at full time. Sour grapes.
@onemaskedgunner: Luton fans chanting the ref’s a wanker! 😂 Lord give me strength he let you get away with fouling us all night so he played 15 seconds beyond the 6 minutes.
@Deandebono: That night in Luton…. Scenes 🤣🤣🤣
@Reg791: Luton fans singing “You’re not fit to referee” to a bloke who allowed them to kick, knee, push, pull and elbow without sanction is priceless! 🤣🤣🤣
@fromdialsquare: THE ABSOLUTE IRONY THAT THE LUTON FANS ARE SINGING “THE REFEREE’S A W*NKER” 😂😂😂😂👏👏👏👏
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Mikel Arteta yellow card. He was seen being warned by Carlos Cuesta. But it was too late and we know officials were waiting for this opportunity for a long time😭 pic.twitter.com/p2sysFRvAd
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