Ian Wright has hit out at Arsenal fans after a recent comment of his hit a nerve.
Wright posted a tweet on Friday saying that he would always love Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
It’s unclear whether this was in response to the 24-year-old’s poor showing against Leicester in the League Cup on Tuesday, whether he’d recently hung around with him and was joking around, or another reason entirely. However, Arsenal fans didn’t take too kindly to the Gunners legend praising a player they now see as the enemy.
Speak sh*t about players who are presently playing for us and show love to the backstabbers who are gone 👏👏👏👏 Good job!
— Bela Shah (@Bela_Shah63) September 22, 2017
Stop it, Ian.
— Haz (@EIneny) September 22, 2017
— Manyu (@magician_mesut) September 22, 2017
Someone has to 😂
— Corey Harrison (@CoreyHarrisonn) September 22, 2017
— Liam David Madden (@LiamMadden2389) September 22, 2017
— JenkoFTW (@samtanggggg1102) September 22, 2017
— Alex Y (@alex_youell) September 22, 2017
— UberGunners (@UberGunners) September 22, 2017
Wrighty, love you always but Ox’s performance against Liverpool was a joke. He needs to apologise before I’ll do anything but boo him.
— Mark (@_The12thMan) September 23, 2017
The backlash resulted in the opinionated ex-striker hitting out Gooners, which isn’t exactly out of character for Wrighty.
You can definitely go **** yourself
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) September 22, 2017
The Ox left Arsenal for Liverpool on Transfer Deadline Day for a reported £35m, which is reportedly set to rise to £40m with add-ons.
The England international had under a year left on his deal at Arsenal and he publicly claimed he just wanted an opportunity to play in his favoured central midfield role. Privately, I imagine he probably lacked faith in Wenger.
However, it was the manner of the move that irked Gooners. Wenger took a chance on him by spending £15m on a 17-year-old back in 2011. That same 17-year-old would go on to spend over 500 days sidelined but still the club stood by him and it seems to be this ingratitude, combined with his display against his soon-to-be new club on 27 August, that’s made fans so angry.