Chelsea social media jibe against Arsenal backfires to expose lack of awareness of club history – Tom Canton


It is likely that perpetuating through your Twitter timelines has been a social media meme in the form of a red flag. This has been picked up by a number of celebrities, companies and even football clubs.

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur put out tongue in cheek versions highlighting the quality of an individual player in their squad. Chelsea however went down a different route in an attempt to poke a bit of fun at their London rivals.

Having a bit of a laugh is all good but if you are going to do it, you better get it right. Therefore, when Chelsea’s Twitter account decided to throw out the tagline, ‘I only support teams in London without European Cups’ the facepalm GIFs available to users could never be more appropriate.

The immediate response besides slight awkwardness is to point out the European Cups that other London clubs have won. Arsenal’s men’s team won the forerunner to the UEFA Cup, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1970 followed by the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup in 1994.

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The Cup Winner’s Cup was also won by both West Ham United (1965) and Spurs (1963). Spurs also won the UEFA Cup in 1972 and 1984. West Ham have a UEFA Intertoto Cup from 1999 and Fulham won the trophy in 2003.

Disregarding history might be easy for Chelsea, with so little it isn’t surprising. Yet for a few retweets, maybe it was worth it.

History is what makes the game what it is. Without it, it wouldn’t be enjoyed and adored today and so respecting the successes of all your rivals is the least to expect.

You might question whether Arsenal took part in the meme and they certainly did. From the Arsenal Women account, a tweet was published with an image of Vivianne Miedema looking judgingly and the tag line, ‘Us looking at this ‘red flag’ meme…’

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Well played. Especially considering the tweet overlooked the achievements of Arsenal’s women’s team who won the UEFA Women’s Cup in 2007, the competition would be rebranded to the Champions League in 2009. When you support a club, you support all of it. Miedema with the right expression indeed.

Arsenal will instead now focus on getting back to winning ways against Crystal Palace after the international break. Their young side will take on former Gunner and club legend Patrick Vieira as they try to build back up to achieve their targets.

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