Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has explained his decision to celebrate in front of Bruno Fernandes after the Manchester United forward missed a penalty.
Man United attempted to bounce back to winning ways at the Emirates Stadium, having endured back-to-back defeats to Everton and Liverpool in the Premier League.
Their plans didn’t end as planned, due to VAR’s controversial decisions and United’s poor defending and finishing in the face of goal.
Tavares scored the opener early in the game following a horrifying defending from both Raphael Varane and Alex Telles. The hosts doubled their lead from the penalty spot by Bukayo Saka.
Cristiano Ronaldo pulled a goal back shortly after that from a close-range but United would trail 2-1 at half-time in London.
After a few minutes into the second half, Manchester United were awarded a penalty, a golden chance to get back into the game.
Bruno Fernandes took the penalty after getting a go-ahead from Cristiano Ronaldo but his effort was denied by the bar, which led to a wild celebration from Arsenal players, including their goalie Ramsdale.
The English goalkeeper began sprinting towards Fernandes after the miss, jumping in front of the 26-year-old midfielder and punching the air in delight.
But The Gunners shot-stopper has defended his celebration to Fernandes’ miss and believes the response from fans and pundits was ‘blown out of proportion’.
Speaking on That Peter Crouch Podcast, Ramsdale said: ‘It was good sh**housery, but I think it got blown out of proportion because there was five or six Arsenal players in front of me so I celebrated with them.
‘It looked like it, I probably had that [Keown’s celebration] in my head a bit and then stopped halfway, but it’s just emotion.
‘It’s nothing to do with him [Bruno Fernandes] or to do with the football club or anything like that. It was just pure emotion.’
Arsenal would inflict Manchester United’s top-four hopes and advance their chances of making the Champions League cut after beating The Red Devils 3-1.