Ashley Young caused a stir on social media with his comments about Arsenal’s celebrations after they recorded a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
Bukayo Saka’s first-half goal earned the Gunners a win that significantly boosts their chances of securing a top-four finish.
Fourth-placed Arsenal now sit four points above Manchester United and six points above West Ham, who have both played one more game than Mikel Arteta’s side.
Arsenal have won six of their previous seven league fixtures and have produced some excellent team performances of late.
Defeating Steven Gerrard’s men at Villa Park was another sign that the Gunners are heading in the right direction under Arteta.
When the full-tine whistle was blown shortly after Bernd Leno had saved Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick, Arsenal’s players and coaching staff celebration passionately.
Ashley Young: It was like Arsenal had won the league
Young, who won the 2012-13 Premier League title with Manchester United, said it was like watching a team that had just won the league.
“We want to make this a tough place to come and I think it is a tough place,” he told VillaTV after the match.
“You saw the way they celebrated, to be honest it was like they won the league. But it shows they found it tough.
“We want to be in those European places, we want to get the club back there, and everyone’s got that ambition to get the club back there.
“So we want to make it a tough place to come, but we want to be winning games as well.”
Watch Young’s interview here: