Antony’s celebration against Arsenal explained

Antony made the dream start to life as a Manchester United player as he scored the opener in their win over Arsenal at Old Trafford last weekend. The Brazilian joined the Red Devils for £82m in the summer transfer window and was thrown straight in by Erik ten Hag.

He took his goal well after Marcus Rashford found him inside the box and he curled a first-time effort around Aaron Ramsdale and into the corner.
He was substituted early in the second half after missing a couple of games for Ajax as he tried to force a move away from the Dutch giants.

But the early signs suggest Antony could become a very popular player at Old Trafford.
However, fans didn’t get to see his popular ‘L’ celebration that became very common in the Netherlands.
But why does he do it?
The 22-year-old’s son is called Lisandro, so this particular celebration is a tribute to him. But that isn’t the only person he honours.
There is also a seven-year-old girl called Larissa. Antony met Larissa in 2019 in Sau Paulo and she is currently recovering from cancer.

He shaved his head in solidarity with her and said: “Larissa will always be in my heart, she is a great source of inspiration for me.”

Why does he do the tiger celebration?
Antony speaking to the club website on his goal celebration: “It’s a friends thing [laughs]. So when I score a goal, my friends know what it is, it’s a tiger. They know and that’s how I celebrate.”
Certainly, judging by his first display, we will likely see this celebration very soon.
United boss Ten Hag said: “You can see all of his potential.
“He will be a threat in the Premier League. We were missing a player on the right wing. [Jadon] Sancho and [Marcus] Rashford can play there but they prefer the left so now we have the missing link who can play well on the right.

“We needed that on the right wing with his pace and dribbles and expression. It (the Premier League) is going be a challenge for him but we saw his potential.”


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