'He didn’t have a clue what I was talking about' - Oxlade-Chamberlain's embarrassing apology to Wenger
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed he was forced to issue an apology to his manager Arsene Wenger after he inadvertently liked a Twitter message calling for his exit as the club’s manager last weekend.
Oxlade-Chamberlain quickly removed his support for the message that was posted after Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Chelsea last Saturday, as he insisted he inadvertently hit the like button on his Twitter account without fully reading the contents of the message.
“It was a complete and utter accident,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Sky Sports. “I think people know me as a character and if I’d meant to have done that, it would have been out of character for me.
“The title of the tweet I accidentally liked wasn’t ideal but we’ve sorted it out. I spoke to the manager about it and explained the accident. I might not go on Twitter again too soon after games.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain suggested Wenger didn’t fully understand the workings of Twitter, but confirmed he had accepted his apology.
“He didn’t have a clue what I was talking about. He just heard the word accident and we moved on,” added the midfielder.
Oxlade-Chamberlain went on to admit the Arsenal players were aware of the pressure mounting on Wenger to quit at the end of this season, as he suggested he is avoiding looking at social media after the Gunners recent dip in form.
“Of course you see it, you’d be lying if you said you didn’t see it,” he added.
“I try not to look at the media as such but nowadays social media is everywhere and everyone dabbles in it and without trying to see something, it will pop up somewhere. It’s frustrating to see and it’s not nice to see, but you understand the fans’ situation and their frustrations as well.
“They want us to do well and they want us to win the big games as much as we do. It’s hard to gauge how much you listen to and how much of it you try and dismiss, but ultimately it’s important we hear what the fans are saying because they are a massive part of this club and without them, we’re nothing.
“That’s obviously key but at the same time, you’ve got to filter that so it doesn’t affect you negatively because we’ve still got a job to do moving forward.”