The accidental sending off of Kieran Gibbs by Andre Marriner for a foul committed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the Arsenal v Chelsea clash sparked a string of internet comedians wondering what else could be pinned on the Arsenal star.
— James Littleton (@ljizzle95) March 22, 2014
Some say Kieran Gibbs is responsible for the Great Fire of London in 1666 #blamegibbs
— Samuel Lloyd (@samlloyddd) March 22, 2014
All in good fun, we think you'll agree, though as ever there's always someone who goes too far and spoils the joke for everyone:
— ESPN.co.uk (@ESPNUK) March 22, 2014
One thing that the Gibbs incident did brilliantly was to take the attention away from Arsene Wenger's humiliating defeat in his 1,000th match in charge - a defeat so bad that he refused even to face the press. Wenger had an excuse - that Mourinho's press conference went on so long that the Arsenal team bus had already left.
Arsenal spokesman comes in to say Arsene Wenger will not be attending press conference. Never known that before. — Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) March 22, 2014
Predictably, not everyone bought it:
Wenger fled the scene of the crime. No-show for post-match interview
— Colin Udoh (@ColinUdoh) March 22, 2014
Wenger misses the post match press conf. Club says "bus had to go". They should have parked it in front of their goal during the game. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 22, 2014
Just been run over by a bus rapidly reversing. Wenger Title Bus
— Christian O'Connell (@OC) March 22, 2014
Some Arsenal fans thought the defeat means nothing about the brilliance of the man in charge:
We lost a game and people are calling Wenger names? Once again, revealing much more about themselves than anything else — Van Fanel (@Phaetonv2) March 22, 2014
But others were less forgiving.
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge's goals in the crazy 6-3 win over Cardiff City saw the duo take their season tally up to 47 goals - at the time eclipsing the whole of Manchester United's squad, who had mustered 46 between them when the final whistle blew in Cardiff. Even before the match (and Suarez's last-minute strike to complete his hat-trick) people were all over that stat:
Incredible how some Arsenal's fans can still deny what is so blatant. This is the attitude that is letting Wenger live on this
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) March 22, 2014
Suarez and Sturridge - 47 goals Manchester United - 46 goals pic.twitter.com/qDcJpawTGV
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) March 22, 2014
Reds fans went a bit bananas with the news:
RETWEET if you thin Luis Suarez is the best striker in the world pic.twitter.com/M8oFOMEUdn
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) March 22, 2014
Though this chap somehow actually managed to underplay the whole thing:
On his day (read those words very carefully), Luis Suárez is not far behind the levels of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. — Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) March 22, 2014
Considering that Suarez has 28 goals this term, while Ronaldo (Spain's top scorer) has 25 and Messi a mere 16, there's really not much need to caveat the statement that he's "not far behind".
Elsewhere, Kevin Phillips got himself into a spot of bother trying to analyse Tottenham's late winner against Southampton.
— Ben Nagle (@bennagle17) March 23, 2014
''Silev Gujedson'' Stick to scoring goals Kevin Phillips. — Ste Morris (@StemboatSociety) March 23, 2014
— JOE.ie (@JOEdotie) March 23, 2014
But even Silev Gujedson's winner wasn't enough to convince many Spurs fans that the man in charge was up to scratch. Poor Tim.
Not quite sure why, but I definitely dislike Tim Sherwood
— Jonny Phillpotts (@FGuerrilla) March 23, 2014
The more i think about it, the more annoyed I am that Spurs won. Tim Sherwood might start thinking he's right. Whens he's actually useless. — Andrew Devereux (@Devereuxxx) March 23, 2014
Tim Sherwood doing a Flamini, pointing and shouting useless nonsense
— Haitch (@HA17CH) March 23, 2014
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