Despite being a fan favourite, Mohamed Elneny’s response to Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat against Manchester City has gone down like a lead balloon on Twitter.
Even though Elneny was on the bench for Arsenal’s entire match against City, the 25-year-old took to Twitter the day after the defeat to try and explain his teammates’ performance. He shared the image of the crying Arsenal fan, which went viral during the match, and added that he wants to make the young Gooner smile again.
Listen, your tears are so precious for all of us. For the sake of you and the sake of all the gunners’ fans I promise you to fight to draw the smile on your face. pic.twitter.com/amvgJxy8fL
— Mohamed ELNeny (@ElNennyM) February 26, 2018
It was a sweet message and more than his teammates could muster, which most fans appreciated, but that didn’t stop others unloading their frustration on his tweet.
While I would never condone abuse, especially against a player who wasn’t even involved and usually gives everything he can when he’s on the pitch, it’s understandable that Gooners are using Elneny’s post to vent.
All the other players have kept pretty tight-lipped since the Carabao Cup defeat and, although you’d like to think it’s because they’re ashamed, I doubt it’s that deep.
So far, Elneny’s been their only outlet.
Not that the players taking to social media to apologise would do much. Objectively, it would be nice, but what could they possible say that Arsenal fans haven’t already heard before?
Had enough of there bullshit words mate all words no action
— Lee Adams (@Pumpkin_Eater94) February 26, 2018
another average player must leave our club
— أمير الوجدان (@Al2020At) February 26, 2018
The amount of time ive read these kinda comments from players after a loss its amazing. Nothing ever changes however because of Wenger.
— Louis King (@Louisking1) February 26, 2018
Just put in a shift defensively. We have stopped playing as a team. We need to play together and attack and defend together.
— Kacey Uwakwe (@KaceyUwakwe) February 26, 2018
Love this but I think it’s too late. Try and win the Europa cup.
— el capitan santi (@santi20782) February 26, 2018
Shut up, do you talking on the pitch. Football matches are not played on Twitter.
— Emilus (@naijaGunner90) February 26, 2018
we dont need your promises. just leave. 🖕
— Valon Demiri (@ValonDemiri1) February 26, 2018
Once Wenger goes your go with him!! Sorry but not good enough for the arsenal
— Ross Hawkes (@hawkesyafc) February 26, 2018