Ian Wright comments on Arsenal selfies and 'desperation'

Former Arsenal striker argues the players celebrating their semi-final win should not be belittled.

Ian Wright has defended Arsenal's stars after criticism of their post-match celebrations.

The Gunners won on penalties against Championship side Wigan Athletic in their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, and there were those, including Roy Keane, who felt the Arsenal players' celebrations were over-exuberant.

Players posed for 'selfie' photos on the Wembley turf as they soaked in the victory, but Wright argues they were doing nothing wrong, and it simple proved how desperate they were for success - which he added was no bad thing.

He told BBC radio 5 Live: "It's because they are desperate. People are saying they are desperate for celebrating. Of course they are they haven't won for nine years.

"I had a feeling for Wenger. If they'd lost I don't know where he would have gone from there. I was desperate for Wenger.

"Yes there was selfies and everything, but I'm pleased Arsenal fans are delighted and they should celebrate, it's been a long time."

Players are so often criticised for lacking connection to their clubs, or being mercenaries. The weekend result showed Arsenal's stars do care, and could retain their focus under intense pressure.

Success rarely comes easy no matter the opponent when it comes to winning trophies, and Arsenal should enjoy the win - for recent history has shown you never quite know when heartbreak is around the corner.

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