Piers Morgan: I am a proper Arsenal fan after club legend dismisses 'pompous' TV presenter
Piers Morgan has declared himself "hurt" over former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson's claims that he is not an authentic Gunners fan.
Morgan is a high-profile Arsenal follower, but his frequent sounding off against long-serving manager Arsene Wenger - on a variety of media platforms - has left a bitter taste with Wilson.
The 73-year-old, a double winner with the club in 1971, told talkSPORT: "I would like to say this about Piers Morgan. He claims to be an Arsenal fan, but if you're a supporter of a club you have to be through thick, thin, laughter, smiles and tears. He has never been a proper fan.
"I see him on Twitter and he drives me mad. He's an incredibly pompous individual and he has no understanding of what it is to be the manager of a football club.
"I can only tell you this about Arsene - and I am biased to a degree, but I'm not stupidly biased - you will not find any manager ever, more dedicated to doing his job than Arsene."
Morgan was stung by the words from one of his heroes of yesteryear and took to Twitter to keep his 4.38million followers abreast of the spat.
He wrote: "I've no problem with @BobWilsonBWSC calling me pompous. I probably am. But the 'not a proper fan' charge annoys me.
"I love @Arsenal with a passion. Disagree me over players/manager etc. But NEVER doubt my devotion to the Club. That hurts.
"I heard 60,000 Arsenal fans booing the team off the pitch last night - are they 'proper fans'?"
Soon after wrapping up his defence, Morgan was involved in an angry exchange with former England rugby union hooker Brian Moore about pop singer Madonna.