West Ham's official Twitter account trolls Arsenal after Dimitri Payet beats Mesut Ozil to award
Published 04/03/2016 | 18:15
By all accounts, it's been a pretty bad couple of weeks to be an Arsenal player.
Defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League was quickly followed by a humbling 3-2 defeat at the hands of a team of Manchester United kids.
A shock midweek loss at the hands of manager-less Swansea meant that the Gunners had lost three games in a row in all competitions for the first time since 2010.
With all that in mind, Arsenal's stars really could have done with a small boost going into Saturday's seismic clash with North London rivals Tottenham; and the London Football awards represented as good a stage as any to regain some confidence.
With 18 assists so far this season, Mesut Ozil had been tipped to scoop the much-coveted London Footballer of the Year award.
But, in a decision which typifies Arsenal's miserable run, West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet picked up the Premier League Player of the Year award in at a glitzy ceremony in Battersea.
Quick to kick a man when they're down, West Ham's official Twitter account wasted no time in rubbing salt in the German's ever deepening wounds.
The account posted this congratulations message to their star man; along with a sly dig at Mesut Ozil.
The award was chosen by an expert panel of journalists, former players and representatives of London's 15 professional clubs.
Payet, who has recorded seven goals and six assists in his first season in the Premier League, was overwhelmed by the accolade.
"It’s the first time in my career that I have received a personal award like this," said Payet.
"Being recognised like this after only one season here is particularly special, especially when I saw the nominations for this award. They are all great players and vital to each of their clubs, so that gives even more value to this award."
The French playmaker is a huge 25/1 to be crowned the PFA Player of the Year at the of the season, while Ozil sits as second favourite in the betting at 5/2.
West Ham travel to play Everton at the weekend where the Hammers have not won a game in league or cup competition since December 2005.