Arsenal players taking selfies after a win is perhaps the most harmless ‘offence’ in recent years.
Aaron Ramsay and co. take a snap, usually in the dressing room, and upload it to various social media platforms.
Yet judging by the reaction, you would have thought Arsenal’s players were guilty of committing a crime.
Roy Keane accused Arsene Wenger’s stars of being “more interested in selfies and six-packs” than challenging for the Premier League. Martin Keown and Ian Wright have offered similarly scathing assessments.
The idea that a simple selfie is the difference between champions and a top-four finish is pretty nonsensical. What about the togetherness it shows in the team?
There is a problem, however, when it inspires opposing teams to step it up a notch. Ramsay’s post following the Gunners’ 2-1 win against Leicester City last season fuelled the Foxes title charge, according to Robert Huth.
“For me the key point was when we lost to Arsenal,” Huth said, per the Independent. "Everyone was celebrating, they were doing selfies. Even though we were still top.
“A few of the lads stuck a few those pictures up and it got the blood boiling. It gave us an extra yard in the next few games.”
Of course, Leicester went on to beat Arsenal to the title.
Granit Xhaka wasn’t a part of the team that finished second to Claudio Ranieri’s team but he clearly fits right in with the selfie-taking culture at the Emirates, taking a snap of himself and a few teammates in the team bus following Arsenal’s EFL Cup win against Nottingham Forest.
It prompted an angry response from Piers Morgan, who rarely seems to go a day without moaning about his team.
The message is clear. It’s been over 12 years since Arsenal were champions of England and the fans are growing restless.
Cech wouldn't appear in any selfie
Known, who won the double with Arsenal in 2001-02, thought it spoke volumes that Petr Cech didn’t appear in Arsenal’s selfie after the win against Leicester.
“Arsenal tweeting those pictures after beating Leicester, I haven’t got time for that,” he wrote in a Q&A with the Daily Mail. “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.”