David Beckham has hit out at the Arsenal supporters responsible for the anti-Arsene Wenger banner by leaving a surprise comment on Instagram.
Arsenal fan account ‘arsenal_worldwide’ posted a photo of the banner, which was displayed during the Gunners’ 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup last week, alongside the caption: “Arsene - Thanks For The Memories But It's Time To Say Goodbye. Disrespectful or Truthful? #COYG”
A comment left by ‘davidbeckham’, which links back to the former England captain’s official Instagram profile - brought to our attention by The Sun - reads: "Disgraceful... no respect attention seekers."
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That Beckham himself left a comment - and a controversial one at that - is a genuine surprise.
It’s clear that the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star has a lot of respect for the French coach and feels the banner was over the top.
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Piers Morgan tells Beckham to 'shut it'
However, Piers Morgan - the broadcaster who is firmly in the ‘Wenger Out’ camp - then took a pop at Beckham, labelling the 40-year-old as “the world’s greatest living attention seeker”.
“Shut it, Mr Beckham,” Morgan added on Twitter.
Wenger allowed Beckham to train with Arsenal in 2013
Back in January 2013, Arsene Wenger allowed Beckham to train with the Arsenal squad in order to maintain his fitness levels after leaving LA Galaxy.
"He called me," Wenger was quoted as saying by the Guardian at the time. "He has asked to come here and to work on his fitness. He has not done anything for a long, long time. [It's] purely for fitness. There's no speculation about signing or anything."
This might explain why Beckham has stuck up for the veteran French coach, who is under significant pressure following yet another end-of-season collapse, on this occasion.
Beckham's sons have Arsenal connection
Another possible explanation is the fact all three of his sons have a connection with Arsenal.
Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz have all been involved with Arsenal’s academy over the past few years, while it was reported by the Daily Mail last September that David paid £10,000 for an Arsenal shirt that he signed - it was all for charity - for Romeo’s birthday.
Beckham has always maintained that Manchester United are the only English club to occupy a special place in his heart - the retired winger grew up supporting the Red Devils before spending the first 11 years of his professional career at Old Trafford - but perhaps he’s developed a soft spot for the Gunners.
One thing’s for sure: we can’t imagine Beckham lowering himself to Piers Morgan’s level and engaging in an embarrassing war of words.
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