Ivan Toney has labelled Gabriel Magalhaes’ ‘Nice kick about with the boys’ tweet after Arsenal’s win at Brentford as ‘cringey.’
The Gunners returned to the top of the Premier League as they swept aside the Bees at the Brentford Community Stadium, with goals from William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira sealing a comfortable three points.
It was a markedly different result from the corresponding fixture last season, where Brentford won 2-0 in their first-ever Premier League game.
After that win, Toney had tweeted ‘Nice kick about with the boys’, with Arteta showing the message to his players before the reverse fixture at the Emirates Stadium.
It had the desired effect as Arsenal won 2-1, Alexandre Lacazette posting the exact same phrase to mock Toney’s earlier tweet.
Gabriel followed suit after the weekend win, again posting: “Nice kick about with the boys’ – but this time Toney did not see the funny side.
“I think once was funny, second time was a bit cringey,” he joked. “I bit my tongue, I wanted to reply and wanted to nibble.
“But fair play to them, they are a different Arsenal side to the one we played before.”
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Toney will be hoping to tweet about his England debut after earning his first call-up following a fine start to the campaign with the Bees.
England travel to Milan to face Italy in the Nations League on Friday before hosting Germany at Wembley three days later, with both matches live on talkSPORT.
“So surreal,” Toney added when asked how it felt to be in and around the squad preparing for the games.
“I feel like I’m sitting in here in an England top is such a privilege and is massive for me and my family and also my club.
“It is not just me that has done this, it is everyone around me that has played a massive part.”
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