Wojciech Szczesny defends Arsenal selfie at Tottenham

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has defended his decision to revel in Tottenham's derby day misery by taking a selfie on the White Hart Lane pitch.

The Gunners claimed their first Premier League victory at the home of their north London rivals in six years, holding on for a 1-0 win after Tomas Rosicky's goal in the second minute gave them the lead.

Szczesny was so happy to beat bitter rivals Tottenham that, upon the full-time whistle, he quickly got his camera phone and took a photo of himself, Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski in front of the travelling Arsenal fans.

His decision to share the photo on social media site Twitter has caused a certain amount of controversy with critics suggesting it incites anger and abuse amongst Arsenal's rivals.

But Szczesny, 23, insists he always intended to take the photo if Arsenal managed to win.

Quoted in the Daily Mirror, he said: “I asked Paul Johnson [Arsenal's equipment manager] to bring my phone on to the pitch after the game and grabbed a selfie with the Arsenal fans, which was brilliant.

“They were fantastic all afternoon. They sang their hearts out and I am sure they enjoyed themselves. It was fantastic for us too and we wanted to give something back to them."

Szczesny kept his 13th clean sheet of the season against Tottenham; the joint best record in the Premier League this season. Arsenal face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in what could be a title deciding tie.

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