Martin Keown believes Arsenal’s players should only take dressing room photos when they win a trophy.
The former Gunners defender questioned the Arsenal players in a question and answer session on his Twitter account.
A pictured surfaced of Arsenal players celebrating their 2-1 win over Leicester last weekend with a locker room photo - a common occurrence this season - but Keown slammed his team’s photogenic nature.
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“I don’t have time for this,” the 49-year-old said. “I’d only take photos with team-mates if a trophy was involved.
Known is the latest in a long line of past players to hit out at Arsenal for their habit. As reported by The Sun, Jamie Carragher labelled players who posted snaps online after their 2-0 win at Manchester City last year an “absolute joke”.
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When Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey tweeted a pictured from the away dressing room at the Etihad Stadium, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes said it was “all wrong”.
Football has moved on since Keown, Carragher and Scholes all graced Premier League pitches, and so too has technology.
Although it’s perhaps slightly harsh to begrudge Arsenal players celebrating the wins over City and Leicester, two impressive wins.
The victory over City was the Gunners’ first against the Citizens away from home since 2010, and they showcased a neat counter-attacking style of play in the win.
Meanwhile, the win over Leicester was arguably Arsenal’s biggest - and most dramatic - of the current campaign. After going a goal behind in the first half, Theo Walcott got his side back into the game before Danny Welbeck sealed a last-gasp winner, heading home Mesut Ozil’s free-kick in the fifth minute of extra-time.
Who wouldn’t want to celebrate such a result?
The win closed the gap between the Foxes and Arsenal to just two points with 12 games remaining. It was significant not just for the fact that it improved the Gunners’ position in the title race while denting Leicester’s dreams, but Arsene Wenger’s team showed a steely determination to not falter after conceding the game’s first goal.
Arsenal dominated in the second 45 minutes and reaped the rewards of their hard work with Welbeck’s winner.
Keown, of course, had a lot to celebrate during his lengthy career at Arsenal. The defender, renowned for his rugged style, lifted three Premier League titles and three FA Cup’s while at the north London club, and was a part of history as Arsenal went the entire 2003-04 season unbeaten in the league.
The Gunners haven’t won the title since but this season presents the best opportunity to end the 12-year drought. With Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez pulling the strings and Petr Cech offering assurance in goal, it will be a disappointment if Arsenal don’t lift the trophy.
If they do, however, Keown will no doubt be the first to buy the cameras.
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