Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has slammed Arsenal for their joyous reaction to the North London Derby win over their bitter rivals on Sunday. First-half goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka stunned Spurs at the Emirates, with Heung-min Son’s late strike nothing but a consolation in the 3-1 defeat.
The Gunners’ players and staff celebrated wildly at full-time, and many are of the opinion that the result could be a huge turning point for the team in Mikel Arteta’s reign.
O’Hara, however, was left far from impressed, and lashed out at Arsenal live on talkSPORT on Monday.
“Can we get something straight right now,” he told presenter Laura Woods. “You (Arsenal) have got nine points. You’re going on like you’ve won the league all of a sudden.
“You beat a bang average Spurs team with a bang average manager and you’re going on like you’ve won the title. It’s embarrassing!
“You’ve had the biggest fall from grace of any football club in the Premier League. You used to compete with Manchester United every week for the title.
“Now you’re beating a rubbish Spurs team and giving it like you’ve won Europe. Get a grip of yourselves Arsenal fans, it’s ridiculous!
“You used to have Emmanuel Petit, Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry. You used to batter teams at the top of the table.
“You’ve had the biggest fall from grace in England ever.”
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will be in the running for major titles this season to prove O’Hara wrong.
But they have won their last four games in a row in all competitions and appear to be building momentum after recovering from a woeful start to the campaign.
Their manager Mikel Arteta could not hide his joy when asked for his reaction after the win against their bitter rivals.
“This win is for the fans,” he told Sky Sports. “They were incredible in tough moments when we needed their support.
“It doesn’t get much better than the atmosphere we saw here today. It was one of the nicest feelings I had, certainly in this stadium.
“It was a big occasion, to win it the way we did, and to feel that connection with team and supporters made it really special.
“It’s impossible to attract people and connect with what we’re trying to do if we don’t have fans here. It makes such a difference. We want to entertain them and play in a way that makes them proud.”