Rio Ferdinand hits out at Arsenal players for latest team selfie picture
By Emma Sanders
Rio Ferdinand has had his say on Arsenal players’ increasingly common post-match selfies which are being shared across social media following their victories.
The former Manchester United defender claims Arsenal shouldn’t be gloating too much and had a stab at some of the players after they posted selfies following the team’s 6-0 victory over Ludogorets on Tuesday night.
Arsene Wenger’s side brushed aside the Bulgarian minnow but Ferdinand said the celebratory snaps were premature.
“I wouldn’t do it until I got my hands on the trophy,” the former Manchester United defender told BT Sport’s live coverage of the match, as reported by the Express.
“If that’s what the boys want to do, the let them do it. It’s a new age, new rules and all that,” he added.
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Mesut Ozil scored his first ever career hat-trick as Arsenal produced a scintillating display on Wednesday evening.
The team were understandably in good spirits following their impressive performance and gathered in the dressing room after the game to post another image on the club’s official account.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2016
It’s not the first time Arsenal players have posted images on social media following victories and there has been criticism in the past of the frequency in which they celebrate so publicly.
Former players have all had their say in the past, with Jamie Carragher branding the craze as “an absolute joke” while Paul Scholes said that kind of behaviour would never have been allowed under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Arsene Wenger admitted he wasn’t a fan of social media but defended his team’s action in January 2015 after Aaron Ramsey was criticised for posting an image following the side’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle, the Telegraph reported.