Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is confident the Gunners can overthrow Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea next season – but could not resist a foul-mouthed outburst at rivals Tottenham during the FA Cup winners’ victory parade on Sunday.
Many thousands of Arsenal fans had braved the rain to cheer the squad as they went on open-top buses from the Emirates Stadium to Islington Town Hall, celebrating the club’s record 12th FA Cup victory after successfully retaining the trophy with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley.
As the players, who were pictured celebrating out in London after their victory on Saturday, revelled in the atmosphere, midfielder Wilshere took to the microphone, in a repeat of a scenario from 12 months ago.
The 23-year-old, who has come through the youth ranks at Arsenal, started a chant mocking local rivals Tottenham, asking the crowd: “I have one question, and one question only: what do we think of Tottenham?’’... before adding: “And what do we think of s***?”, then joining in as the crowd sang back: “We hate Tottenham and we hate Tottenham... we are the Tottenham haters.”
Tottenham reached the Capital One Cup final where they lost to Chelsea and went on to finish fifth in the Barclays Premier League, below the Gunners once more.
Wilshere then continued with another Arsenal song, as supporters joined in the shouts of, “It has happened again, Tottenham Hotspur, it has happened again”.
The microphone was then taken off Wilshere, but he retrieved it, saying: “We have got one more.”
As the England international then started the chant “My old man said be a Tottenham fan...”, which when sang in full includes more expletives aimed at Spurs, Arsenal broke off from the live broadcast on their in-house media channel. Studio presenter Dan Roebuck immediately apologised for any offence caused by the player’s remarks.