Roy Keane recently criticised the Arsenal players for caring more about “selfies and six-packs” than winning matches, and Arsene Wenger has responded to the former Manchester United man’s comments, as reported by the Metro.
Wenger is known for not being a big fan of social media, as he believes it’s an unnecessary distraction (via the Evening Standard).
He understands the changing culture though, and has hit back at Roy Keane.
“It’s fun for them. Why should I tell them to stop? I don’t see a big problem with it,” Wenger said.
“I have to say I didn’t really understand Roy’s argument.
“They are obsessed with themselves? No. They were on the plane. It’s 13 boring hours – you want to have fun.
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“I am not a big fan of them but I don’t have any problem with it.”
It’s hard to see what Keane’s problem with the selfies is, and he is seemingly just being a grumpy old man. Players have in the past run into trouble with their social media activity, but a few selfies are not going to do any harm.
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There will presumably – and hopefully – be no selfies following our shocking 2-0 loss against West Ham, with the entire team (arguably bar Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) playing truly terribly.
If it were a case of the players being distracted by social media and selfies, then Wenger should certainly address the issue. That doesn’t seem to be the case though, so there is little reason to make anything of it.