An online debate has seen Arsenal’s badge vanish entirely
The debate stems from Raheem Sterling’s gun tattoo.
Amid the debate surrounding Raheem Sterling’s gun tattoo there is a surprisingly entertaining thread about Arsenal’s badge.
The England winger has been at the centre of much discussion online due to an image of an assault rifle on his right leg, and two particularly at loggerheads over it are former footballer Gary Lineker and broadcaster Piers Morgan.
Morgan said the tattoo looked like Sterling was “glamourising gun use”, but Lineker later rebuked the Arsenal fan, the club’s badge has a picture of a cannon on it.
What next? Ban films with guns? The Arsenal badge? It’s his business what kind of art he has tattooed on his body. https://t.co/T6cnZxiZML— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 29, 2018
It was here where journalist Si Lloyd got involved.
With the help of Photoshop, Si edited the Gunners badge, removing the weaponry.
Here you go fellas... pic.twitter.com/LJc9IzwwoQ— Si Lloyd (@SmnLlyd5) May 29, 2018
Seeing what Si was getting at, others then got involved to try and take things further.
One user pointed out the word “Arsenal” means “a collection of weapons”, so Si removed that too.
Fair point. pic.twitter.com/gI206aq249— Si Lloyd (@SmnLlyd5) May 29, 2018
Another user then noted that the badge is in the shape of a shield – “which represents wars”.
Sorted. pic.twitter.com/ttA7lADnNS— Si Lloyd (@SmnLlyd5) May 29, 2018
Finally, left with nothing but a red circle, another Twitter user remarked that the badges scarlet hue is “the colour of blood”.
Here you go, Arsenal. Your new badge. pic.twitter.com/glWhf2wKtY— Si Lloyd (@SmnLlyd5) May 29, 2018
The remarkable joint effort drew many plaudits, including Lineker himself.
This is why I love the internet 😂 great effort from all 👏🏻— scott meredith (@scottmeredith) May 29, 2018
The Football Association has expressed its support for Sterling amid the scrutiny surrounding the tattoo, which he told fans on Instagram is in honour of his late father who died due to gun violence.
“We all support Raheem Sterling and acknowledge the honest and heartfelt account he gave via Instagram last night,” said a spokesperson.
“He and the rest of the squad are focused solely on preparing for the forthcoming World Cup.”
The debate began after Sterling’s tattoo was the focus of the front page of Tuesday’s edition of The Sun.