Arsenal added yet another instalment to their recent humiliations as they surrendered woefully at Crystal Palace, losing 3-0.
The result virtually removed any threat of the Gunners challenging for the top four this season but despite the three-goal deficit, fans saw the introduction of former player Mathieu Flamini as the ultimate insult.
The Frenchman came on for Luka Milivojevic in the final few minutes to rub further salt into the wounds of the already angry supporters. Twitter duly reacted to the incident:
Allardyce has brought on Flamini on the wind up...— Kristian Sturt (@FootieWriter) April 10, 2017
The irony isn't lost with him.
Hahahaha Alladyce throwing on flamini to add banter to injury.— kenna (@kennagq) April 10, 2017
Sam Allardyce beats Arsenal 3-0 and rubs it in by bringing on Flamini. lol— Triple A 🇸🇴 (@abdisalan14) April 10, 2017
Flamini as a troll substitution is just brutal from Big Sam— Graham MacAree (@MacAree) April 10, 2017
Big Sam taking the piss by bringing Flamini on.— WH (@Wilshoholic) April 10, 2017
We're getting humiliated by a yer da manager.
This club never fails to let me down.
We are 3-0 down to Crystal Palace. Aaron Ramsey is captain and Flamini has just came on. Let ISIS get on with it I say.— Paddy (@VieiraPaddy) April 10, 2017
Palace bringing on Flamini to mock us.— GoonerGordo (@GoonerGordo) April 10, 2017
Bringing Flamini on to just take the piss— Marty (@martymallhi) April 10, 2017
It was an action of almost comedic value from Sam Allardyce as Arsenal lost their fourth consecutive away game, conceding three times in all of those.
Goals from Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Milivojevic secured the victory as Gunners fans turned on the players from the stands.
Not many predicted that Flamini would have made a return to the Premier League this season but despite playing a bit-part role for the Eagles, he has delivered perhaps the biggest troll to his former club and the fans that ridiculed him.