Ian Wright was one of many Arsenal fans who watched Leicester win the Premier League with a hint of jealousy.
As marvellous a feat as it is, Gunners supporters were desperate that it was their side who were currently celebrating a title win.
Before tweeting his congratulations to Leicester captain Wes Morgan, Wright couldn’t help but aim at dig at Arsenal’s players who squandered a glorious opportunity to end a 12-year wait to become champions.
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On several occasions this season, Arsenal’s squad has celebrated a victory by taking selfies and dressing-room photos afterwards. After beating Leicester at the Emirates Stadium in February, Aaron Ramsey posted a video of he and his teammates revelling in victory.
Roy Keane and Martin Keown have openly slammed the players for celebrating so enthusiastically without really achieving much. After the 2-1 win against Leicester, for example, Arsene Wenger’s side still sat two places behind the Foxes in the table.
Now Wright, who won the Premier League with Arsenal, has rubbed Leicester’s success into Wenger’s current crop of players.
He tweeted: “Take note, I'd say that this is the perfect time for a selfie!”
Too right. Wright, like Keown, thinks celebratory photos should be posted only when trophies have been won.
After Ramsey’s photo emerged, the former Arsenal defender wrote in his Daily Mail column: “As for Arsenal tweeting those pictures after beating Leicester, I haven’t got time for that. I think I’d only take my photo with my team-mates if there was a trophy involved.
“It was telling that there was no Petr Cech in that photograph – he knows what it’s like to be a winner and I’m sure there are plenty of photos of Cech in the dressing room at Chelsea, but he’ll have a trophy in his hands.”
Selfies and six-packs
Keown’s view is similar to the one expressed by Keane. Even before the season began, the former Manchester United midfielder raised his doubts about Arsenal’s title credentials because some of their players “are more interested in selfies and six-packs.”
"Arsenal have some really good players - some good characters who roll their sleeves up," said Keane, per Sky Sports.
"But they also have one or two players who are more interested in selfies and six-packs, guys who are trying to get their pictures taken every day of the week.
"Listen, every year we hear the same thing about Arsenal being contenders. Instead of focusing on the Premier League, it's all about how their bodies look, how their hair is, more so than winning football matches."
For all the talent that Arsenal’s squad possesses, it could be an unambitious mentality that is holding them back.