Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has explained that he understands why his players feel the need to post celebratory photos after a win, but maintains that they need to remain grounded, according to ESPN FC.
The Gunners’ are headed to Brighton today for an FA Cup Fourth Round clash against the Championship after a magnificent 2-0 victory against Manchester City a week ago.
After the impressive win Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey uploaded a photo of himself alongside team mates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker to the social media site Instagram.
It is a trend which sits uneasy with some, such as former England international Jamie Carragher, who have criticised the players for posting such pictures on the back of one match, as if they had just won a major trophy, the Mirror reported.
While not wanting to slap a ban on such actions from his players, Wenger would rather keep a sense of perspective.
“I don’t think it was a demonstration of arrogance. It was a demonstration of happiness,” said the Arsenal boss. “It is OK to express yourself, you don’t have to control it. I don’t think it was disrespectful.
“The team was questioned on their capability to win an away game, they did it, they had a right to be happy. You want this game to remain human, but don’t worry, they know they haven’t won the league.”
Wenger added: “I am personally not a big fan of all social media. I think you want to share happiness with your teammates, but this generation have a different way to express it and I respect that — as long as it is respectful.
“There are limits because the other day I saw [Roma striker Francesco] Totti doing the same thing during a game after scoring a goal, honestly, that is too far.”
With Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham and Southampton all knocked out of the FA Cup yesterday, Arsenal’s hopes of retaining the prestigious trophy they won last year has massively increased and a win on the coast today would set up an ideal cup run.