FA 'looking into Arsenal's celebrations after Reiss Nelson winner'

FA ‘looking into Arsenal’s wild celebrations after Reiss Nelson’s last-gasp winner against Bournemouth’ after Mikel Arteta’s staff and substitutes spilled onto the pitch after crucial 97th-minute strike

  • Reiss Nelson’s last-minute winner sparked wild scenes as Arsenal won 3-2
  • Coaches and substitutes swarmed onto the pitch to celebrate with players
  • Reports suggest the Football Association will look into the delirious scenes  

The Football Association is reportedly looking into Arsenal’s wild celebrations after Reiss Nelson’s dramatic stoppage time winner against Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Gunners fought back from two goals down to win 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium, with the late goal sparking scenes of delirium both on and off the pitch.

The last-gasp win preserved Arsenal’s five-point advantage over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and could prove to be a defining moment in the title race.

Football.London report the FA will look into the aftermath of Nelson’s goal, which saw the club’s coaching staff and substitutes pour onto the pitch. 

Referee Chris Kavanagh reported the celebrations to the FA post-match and the governing body will review his remarks.  

Arsenal’s wild celebrations following Reiss Nelson’s last-gasp winner against Bournemouth could lead to sanction from the Football Association 

Coaching staff and substitutes spilled onto the pitch after Nelson’s potentially vital goal

Manager Mikel Arteta described how he started running down the touchline after the goal

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta ran down the touchline and hugged one of his players before giving a double fist pump to the celebrating Arsenal fans – he’d didn’t appear to step onto the pitch. 

The laws of the game state those within the technical area ‘must behave in a responsible manner’ and ‘must remain within its confines except in special circumstances.’

Such occasions include a physiotherapist or doctor running on to treat a player.

Afterwards, Arteta described how he interrupted his celebrations to hand a child who’d ran onto the pitch to security personnel.

‘Crazy. You lose sight of where you are,’ he said. ‘I started to run, I didn’t know where I was running.

‘Then I saw a kid next to me that I had to give to security. Looking at the faces of the supporters. The smiles and joy in their eyes. It’s just great to live.’

Nelson’s late goal preserved Arsenal’s five-point advantage at the top of the Premier League

There was joy unconfined both on and off the pitch at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday

Arteta and Arsenal will hope to avoid any punishment but in 2018, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was fined £8,000 after admitting a misconduct charge for running onto the Anfield pitch to celebrate Divock Origi’s late winner in the Merseyside derby.

Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil had no complaints about the celebrations.

‘I’ve no comment to make on what Arsenal did. I shook hands with Mikel, it was a game he needed to win and I needed something from it too.

‘We went to battle and he came out on top. They scored the goal, so they can celebrate however they like.’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was fined for running on the pitch to celebrate in 2018

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