A social media post on the part of Brighton & Hove Albion has, on Sunday, caused quite the stir amongst the fanbase of Premier League rivals Arsenal.
The Gunners and Seagulls, of course, went head to head yesterday afternoon, in a Premier League showdown at the Emirates.
Visitors Brighton, in the end, emerged from the clash with something of a shock victory, taking full advantage of an altogether lacklustre display on the part of Mikel Arteta’s hosts to bag a first three-point haul since early February.
The Gunners are behind!
Leandro Trossard’s brilliant finish has Brighton 1-0 up at The Emirates. Arsenal had a goal ruled out just before half-time through VAR.
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) April 9, 2022
And, as alluded to above, a full 24 hours on from the clash, Brighton, or those in charge of the club’s social media accounts at least, do not yet appear willing to let Arsenal live down Saturday’s result.
This comes with the south coast outfit having unveiled a photo, highlighting developments in the immediate aftermath of one of their two goals in north London.
In the background, two members of Graham Potter’s squad can be sen wheeling away in celebration.
More noteworthy, though, is the figure of the grounded Ben White, looking altogether forlorn amid what proved a tough week for all associated with Arsenal:
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) April 10, 2022
So, why has the image piqued such widespread attention?
Well, White, of course, departed Brighton just last summer, swapping the Amex for the Emirates in a much talked about big-money move.
In turn, many, particularly those of an Arsenal persuasion, have gone on to reveal their respective takes that the post was intended as something of a dig at the former Seagulls star, with just a sample of the ensuing Twitter backlash showcased below:
Calm, but I swear Ben White basically paid for your clubs new training ground? &!hasn’t ever disrespected the club either?
— Bhavs (@bhavss14) April 10, 2022
Ben White made you 50m and has been really gracious & complimentary of your club since he’s come here.
— SouthMetroAFC (@SouthMetroAFC) April 10, 2022
You did not have to include ben white. he was your own player- so i fixed it for us gooners. pic.twitter.com/PZm6cCKayt
— nalibanimle (@nalibanimle) April 10, 2022
Arsenal deserve the banter, no doubting that, but what has White, the player, ever said or done to disrespect your club?
— Jonathan Okto Kurnia (@jonathan_okto) April 10, 2022
Ben White was respectful to you guys this tweet is actually shocking
— #artetaout #aftv out (@ArsenalUntilDed) April 10, 2022
Cmon its not like he left on bad terms
— BhaTomas (@TomasBHFC) April 10, 2022
Literally no need at all.
— Haytch (@Haytchhhh_) April 10, 2022
disrespect is unreal
— jake foster-caskey 🐐 (@MaupayMerchant) April 10, 2022
Why would you be so mean to your former player who didn’t force his move and for whom you got more than deserved transfer fee.
— Yogesh Sharma (@loaded_gooner) April 10, 2022