Ian Wright tweeted a not so subtle insult at the current Arsenal squad following Leicester City’s victory displays on Monday night, with the Highbury legend criticising Arsenal for their inappropriate selfies throughout the campaign.
It’s a different time when compared to the days when Wright was banging them in for Arsenal, and we’re now truly in a digital age. Social media and selfies are a huge part of the game, and a number of Arsenal players regularly get in on the action.
Wright and several other pundits have often been incredibly critical of the timing of these selfies – Roy Keane one of the most notable (via The Telegraph) – suggesting that after one random win in the middle of the season a team should not be posting selfies. Leicester City naturally took a number of videos and pictures after Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea – consequently giving Leicester the title – and the Arsenal legend explained that the moment you win the title is when you start posting selfies.
Take note, I’d say that this is the perfect time for a selfie!
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) May 2, 2016
In many ways it’s easy to see where he’s coming from, and premature celebrations can be a real issue that impacts your title focus. However, it really is a different time now, and social media and the internet are a massive part of society. The fans want to see their favourite players and their reactions to getting a victory. The players are naturally going to celebrate a victory – even a relatively minor one – and the fans want to share in those celebrations.
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Perhaps the players do need to tone down their selfie taking and work on their focus though, as that has certainly been an issue this season. Arsene Wenger has failed to keep the players motivated and concentrated on the task at hand, which has naturally cost us. Is Wright right?