Arsenal Bench's Spirited Celebration Reflects Premier League Ambitions
Despite only being in the second week of the season, the bench of Arsenal exuberantly celebrated their 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Monday, almost as if it were the decisive match for the Premier League title. The victory was hard-fought, with Arsenal managing to hold on to the points despite a red card for Takehiro Tomiyasu in the second half.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, the Japanese defender, fell afoul of the stricter interpretation of time-wasting regulations this season. He received a yellow card for lingering during a throw-in at the 60-minute mark and was subsequently sent off for pulling on Jordan Ayew's shirt in the 67th minute.
Mikel Arteta, the coach of Arsenal, reflected on the spirited celebrations from the bench, noting, "It shows how much we want it." He expressed gratitude for the bench players who provided immense support and altered the game's momentum, contributing significantly to the victory. Arteta emphasized the significance of their contribution in securing the win.
Acknowledging the ongoing changes in officiating, Arteta recognized that it would require time for teams to adapt to the crackdown on time-wasting, resulting in more yellow cards and extended stoppage time at the end of each half. With a touch of humor, he remarked, "It's going to be very difficult for us. I guarantee you, we will have to play with 10 or maybe with nine or with eight depending on where we put the standards and the level. We can play eight against eight; it can be very entertaining."
In contrast, Roy Hodgson, the manager of Crystal Palace, offered a composed perspective on the evolving rules. With a managerial career spanning nearly five decades, Hodgson has witnessed numerous rule interpretations. He acknowledged that these rules are imposed upon them and mentioned the need to adapt and coexist with these changes.