Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has slammed Arsenal’s players for posting images on social media celebrating their victory over Chelsea.
Arsenal cruised to an impressive 3-0 victory over their bitter rivals on Saturday, bringing to an end a consecutive run of nine games without victory in the fixture.
Ferdinand believes the ‘selfie’ posted on Instagram by Mesut Ozil of Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Perez and himself just hands future opponents an added incentive to beat the Gunners.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) September 24, 2016
“Unless you’re winning, that gives everyone else ammunition,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“You don’t even have to have a team talk. I’d put that [the picture] up in the changing room next time I play Arsenal.
“I know for a fact there will be players around the country going ‘do you see them lot, they’ve only won one game’.
“I’d shut that down [if I were a manager].”
Last season Arsenal were blasted by former Gunner Martin Keown for posting pictures after the win over eventual champions Leicester.
Alexis Sanchez posted the image after Danny Welbeck’s dramatic last minute winner at the Emirates in April.
Three-time title winner Martin Keown said: “I don’t have time for this, I’d only take photos with team-mates if a trophy was involved.”
Paul Scholes and Jamie Carragher were also damning in their assessment.