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Laura Woods' response to Gabby Agbonlahor telling Arsenal players they celebrated too much after defeating Aston Villa has gone viral.
Bukayo Saka scored the only goal of the game on Saturday as the Gunners solidified their place in the top four with a vital win at Villa Park.
Agbonlahor criticised Mikel Arteta's side following the game and said they acted as if they'd just won the Champions League.
Woods, who is an Arsenal fan, addressed those claims on Monday and she hit the nail on the head.
❤️ “I love that Arsenal celebrated!”— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 21, 2022
🙏 “If you’re not allowed to celebrate, what’s the point of going to games?”
😡 “Just stop penalising people for celebrating, it’s football!”
Laura Woods responds to Gabby Agbonlahor’s criticism of #AFC’s celebrations after beating #AVFC 👏 pic.twitter.com/NDaJyN4hTu
She explained on talkSPORT: "If you're not allowed to celebrate your wins, however big or small they are, what's the point of going to football?
"If you're not allowed to celebrate a goal in a game you might lose just in case you lose it, if you're not allowed to celebrate a win in a season you're going for top four, should we just wait until the end of the 38 game season and celebrate where we are in the league? It doesn't really work like that.
"Aston Villa aren't mugs and they've significantly invested in their own right. It's not like you're playing against a team at the bottom of the league. Aston Villa are a good side and we have a bit of history, by the way...
"Just stop penalising people for celebrating Gabby. It's football at the end of the day. You have to be able to celebrate. You have to be able to go to a game and I love that they celebrated."
Woods then played a clip of the former Villa striker from late last year when he was discussing Steven Gerrard's first game as manager.
Villa defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 to kickstart the Gerrard era and Agbonlahor was buzzing with the result.
He remarked: "His celebration for the goal, it was like he’d won a cup final! That’s what fans want to see."
Woods couldn't hide her smirk as the clip came to an end.
"That's what fans want to see isn't it Gabby? People celebrating anything in the league. It doesn't matter if you've just won the league or you've just won a single game. Fans want to see celebrations.
"Well done Gabby Agbonlahor for undoing your own argument before you'd even made it!"
Fans have backed Woods' assessment online and they thoroughly enjoyed her analysis.
One commented: "Monday morning and Laura Woods is teeing off on the celebration police. Content you absolutely love to see."
Another said: "She ate him for breakfast. Laura Woods is a legend."
While a third put: "Does Laura Woods ever lose an argument? She's spot on yet again."
Arsenal sit fourth in the league and three points clear of Tottenham Hotspur in fifth, with a game in hand too.
They haven't played Champions League football since 2017 but it now looks closer than ever.