Seven Arsenal players Piers Morgan has ripped into – & how they bit back
For someone that professes to love Arsenal, Piers Morgan doesn’t half enjoy ripping into their players on Twitter when he gets the chance.
During Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Burnley, Morgan tweeted “This is dire. #Arsenal” and “Why should I trust the process? #Arteta”, and this is nothing new.
Here are seven times the controversial journo slammed current and ex-Arsenal players – and, if applicable, the times they gave some back.
The young English goalkeeper has become a bit of a fan favourite at the Emirates this season, after signing for the Gunners for a £30m fee in the Summer.
But, Morgan and Ramsdale have not always seen eye to eye, and have had some frank exchanges on Twitter over the last few years.
One of the best has to be when Ramsdale told Morgan to “fuck off” and called him a “#wanker”
I think Arsenal need to look elsewhere for a goalkeeper.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 12, 2021
It’s a good job Arsenal don’t base their transfer dealings on who has and hasn’t called him a wanker… if they did, they might struggle to sign anyone at all.
But the feud didn’t stop there.
Can confirm I'm now fully behind us signing Ramsdale. pic.twitter.com/WrEhcuMcKL
— Den 🇬🇾 🇯🇲 (@LePhantomDennis) August 11, 2021
A year on, Morgan managed to upgrade himself from just a wanker, to an “absolute wanker”. Fair play son, fair play.
They do seem to have made up now though, with the pair posing for a friendly picture after Ramsdale was signed.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 27, 2021
The Swiss international has a reputation for being a solid player with a bit of a temper problem, and Morgan has been quite positive about him in the past, asking his followers: “How good is Granit Xhaka?” in 2016.
But, many red cards and even more shocking tackles later… Morgan’s tone has definitely changed.
After a red card against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, he tweeted this:
Every time I start to warm to Xhaka, he does something to remind me he is an unreliable hot-headed d*ckhead. 🤬🤬 pic.twitter.com/h8vjV4Nswi
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 13, 2022
“Unreliable hot-headed dickhead…” calm down Piers, you drew the game 0-0.
This isn’t the first time Morgan has had a go at Xhaka after a clumsy challenge.
Granit picked up a red card in the 5-0 thrashing of Arsenal against Man City in August 2021, this was Piers’ reaction:
Xhaka is brain-dead.
What a stupid reckless tackle. pic.twitter.com/FsZkK4gFLT
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 28, 2021
Not one for mincing his words, is he?
Xhaka, to his credit, hasn’t given Morgan the time of day, though he has held up his hands and owned up to his mistakes, having posted a whopping 19 Instagram apology posts across his five years at Arsenal.
Ozil was a good player for Arsenal over the years, picking up countless assists and helping them lift three FA Cups. In fact, for a while, the Germany international was absolutely majestic.
And yet, Piers Morgan certainly wasn’t Ozil biggest fan.
Ozil just gave the ball away & stood there like a ****ing stuffed lemon.
£300k-a-week to be a lazy git.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 4, 2018
“A fucking stuffed lemon” – the man really does have a way with words, you can see how he made his name as a tabloid hack.
A year later, he tweeted: “time to sell Ozil. In fact, tonight would be good.” It took them another two years he did get his wish eventually.
Ozil got his own back when he joined Fenerbache in 2021.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 31, 2021
Literal shithousery. Take that, Piers.
Morgan wasn’t a big fan of the French striker. In fact, when Giroud was playing for Arsenal, Morgan slagged him off every time he had a bad game or missed a big chance.
Giroud has done nothing.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 29, 2015
Despite this, it’s fair to say Morgan wasn’t particularly pleased when the French striker left Arsenal for Chelsea in 2021.
When he lifted the Europa League with Chelsea in 2019, Giroud said he “wanted to show Arsenal,” noting he was motivated to lift the trophy by the fact Arsenal had let him go in the previous season.
It’s fair to say Piers didn’t take very kindly to this statement, tweeting: “Arsenal’s worst lead striker in the past 35 years, cements his legacy.”
Worst lead striker in 35 years? Steady on, Piers. He scored 105 goals for you… don’t you remember Francis Jeffers?
Giroud is another that has never taken Morgan’s bait, but given the striker’s cool demeanour, you can’t imagine he’s up at night worrying about the 56-year-old’s opinion.
It’s fair to say Morgan felt a little betrayed when the French midfielder left the Emirates for the Etihad in 2011.
After Arsenal beat Man City 1-0 in a key game in the title race for City, Morgan took his opportunity to wind up Nasri.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 8, 2012
Unlike a lot of his victims, Nasri had enough and actually responded to the bitter journo on the same day.
@piersmorgan and all the arsenal fans move on 10points ahead of you just support your team and forget about me
— Samir Nasri Official (@SamNasri19) April 8, 2012
Well, you can’t really argue with that, not a great move to slag someone off when they’re 10 points ahead of you in the table.
Although, that tweet definitely destroyed any affection Arsenal fans still had for the Frenchman.
The pair eventually settled their dispute by agreeing on a £10,000 bet… with Nasri saying City would win a trophy before Arsenal did.
City went on to win the league that year with that famous goal from Sergio Aguerooooooo.
Oops. Pay up, Piers.
Ramsey had a pretty good career at Arsenal; scoring 65 goals, getting 65 assists and helping to lift three FA Cups, despite a horror leg break in 2010.
But Piers Morgan was not always the Welshman’s biggest fan.
He tweeted this in 2012…
What DOES Wenger see in Ramsey? A complete and utter liability. #Arsenal
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 4, 2012
Ramsey wasn’t happy and refused to shake the journo’s hand when Piers bumped into him in the streets.
Morgan tweeted: “Just bumped into Whatshisname. Offered him the hand of peace…but he declined. Fair enough.
“He said: ‘I don’t think I want to do that'”
I mean, can you really blame him?
Although, Piers changed his tune after the Gunners won the FA Cup in 2014.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 18, 2014
Cheers Piers, I’m sure that must have been a weight off his mind.
Robin Van Persie
Last but not least, Van Persie was undoubtedly one of Arsenal’s greatest strikers this century, scoring 132 goals in 278 appearances for the Gunners.
It’s fair to say Morgan was ever so slightly emotionally damaged when he left the Emirates for Old Trafford in 2012, even creating his own hashtag… #VanPurseStrings. Wonder if he’s ever considered a career in comedy?
Funny, I really thought @Persie_Official was different. But he turned out to be just another mercenary, heartless, selfish little s**t.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 15, 2012
It didn’t stop there though, tweeting something pretty much every time Van Persie scored for the Red Devils in their 2012-13 title-winning season.
And that was a lot, considering the Dutchman scored 26 goals that season, winning the golden boot.
With every goal #VanPursestrings scores for United, another little piece of me dies inside. He's slowly killing me.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 13, 2013
Van Persie got the last laugh though when he sent Morgan a signed picture after United lifted the Premier League title, 16 points clear of fourth-place Arsenal.
The picture reads: “To #TearsyPiers, Piersy my man, thank you for all your ongoing support and concerns!
“You made this day even more special!
“All the best, Van Purse Strings.”
Don’t think we need to point out who got the last laugh there. Why do bad things keep happening to good people, eh?