Well the aftermath of the Man Utd game wasn’t an Arsenal fan Twitter melt down as such it was a bit of banter gone badly wrong between an Arsenal legend and some overseas fans. It is understandable that emotions were running high after such a game but what transpired after cannot unfortunately be put down to losing and a high emotional state.
Ian Wright is an Arsenal legend & without doubt one of our greatest ever players to lace up a boot. These facts are undeniable, the great man was one of our all time leading goal scores with 185 goals in 288 appearances and is only eclipsed by Thierry Henry (228-377) but is this on field immortality enough to excuse an ex player of acting in the manner in which Ian Wright did. The issue with some ex-players in the media and on social media is they think that they have a divine right to criticise anyone and pass judgement without consequence and then take it as a severe affront to their standing if any mere mortal dare questions their opinion. To many long-standing Arsenal fans dismay Ian Wright questioned the value of overseas fans as supporters & their right to support a team arguing it’s a game they simply do not understand. This and his other tweets smacks of bigotry and Xenophobia and we should expect better from anyone let alone an ex player with a well-established media presence in the UK.
Many will come to the defence of the great man because of his standing in the game and his media personality but unfortunately there is no defending this behaviour as it is completely ethically and morally wrong as well as totally unprofessional to say the least. It wasn’t just one tweet that upset so many it was a number of tweets where Ian mocks overseas supporters because they dared to question something he said. To his partial credit he did try to apologise for his comments later but it appeared that his apology was more to do with the fact that he didn’t expect the furore his tweets caused rather than genuine remorse. Arsenal fans come from all parts of the globe and Just because they don’t live in England and go to the game every weekend doesn’t make them any less of a supporter of The Arsenal. To openly mock someone who has to get up at 3:30 am to watch their team live and then question their reasoning for doing so as well as their ability to understand the game is not an honest mistake its arrogant and deeply offensive.
Only 60,000 can attend an Arsenal home game yet Arsenal have an online presence of over 12 million fans on Twitter alone and they are fans that take the time to love and support their club through all the emotional trials and tribulations that’s comes with supporting one’s team. Ian is no stranger to off field controversy but this time he has shot himself in the foot because he has done the inexcusable on his own doorstep which is the greatest of football’s cardinal sins.
Ian. Overseas fans are just as passionate loyal and knowledgeable about The Arsenal and the greatest game of all and to suggest otherwise is sheer folly not to mention extremely damaging to your standing as the great man you are and rightly should be in the Arsenal family.