You won’t find many bigger critics of the current Arsenal team than broadcaster and celebrity Gunner, Piers Morgan.
The Good Morning Britain presenter often tweets about how angry he is with Arsene Wenger, Olivier Giroud and co. and took the opportunity to ask former Manchester United defender Rio Fernando an Arsenal-related question during a question-and-session earlier on Thursday.
Piers tweeted: “How many of this Arsenal team would you put into any of Wenger's 3 PL-winning sides? And for who? @rioferdy5 #AskRio”
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Piers probably guessed how Rio would respond before submitting his question.
“None Piersy…” Ferdinand answered. “#Tearsforpiers 😂 #AskRio”
Is Rio right?
No doubt Ferdinand was trying to antagonise Piers with his answer, but does the BT Sport pundit have a point?
To suggest that none of the current batch of Arsenal players would get into the teams of 1998, 2002 and 2004 is slightly harsh.
Petr Cech would probably get in ahead of David Seaman and Jens Lehmann, while Alexis Sanchez would give the likes of Marc Overmars and Robert Pires a serious run for their money.
And then there’s Mesut Ozil, who Arsenal supporters idolise but does have a tendency to go missing in the biggest matches. The World Cup winner would also challenge for a place in either the 1998 side or the teams of 2002 and 2004.
Apart from that, though, you’d probably have to agree with Rio.
Arsenal fans desperate for league title
Arsenal went nine years without winning a single trophy between 2005, when they lifted the FA Cup in Cardiff, and 2014.
Wenger and many Arsenal fans would argue that moving to the Emirates Stadium was responsible for the club’s lengthy silverware drought. Short-term suffering for long-term gain.
Arsenal have won the FA Cup in both of the previous two seasons but fans are desperate for the club to end their 12-year wait for the big one: the Premier League trophy.
Currently eight points behind league-leaders Leicester City with nine matches left to play - and three behind fierce rivals Tottenham - the Gunners still have a chance of winning the title.
Arsenal's recent blip could cost them
But, if they don’t, their recent blip will have cost them dear.
After beating Leicester at the Emirates on February 14, Arsenal went on to lose to Manchester United and Swansea City.
Last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Spurs at White Hart Lane wasn’t a particularly useful result, either, although credit must go to Wenger’s men for salvaging a point with 10 men.
Arsenal fans: how many of the current squad would get into the teams of 1998, 2002 and 2004? Have your say by leaving a comment below.