Lots of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to defend Ryan Shawcross from some simply abhorrent responses after what appeared to be a severe injury was suffered by the Stoke centre-back.
Shawcross challenged Leicester’s Marc Albrighton in a friendly game with a slide tackle, but his back leg unnaturally buckled under his body when going to make the attempted block – the Potters are unsure of how serious the issue is right now.
Amazingly, some Arsenal fans saw an opportunity to mock the 31-year-old after the incident.
If you’re unaware of the details, let me fill you in. It was Shawcross who was responsible for Aaron Ramsey’s horrific leg break back in 2010, an injury which led to some Stoke fans chanting: “Aaron Ramsey, he walks with a limp” in a game back in 2016.
There has been bad blood between the two clubs for years because of the incident, but Shawcross’ injury is no reason for the Arsenal fans to behave just as badly as the Stoke supporters did.
Let’s take a look at a more measured reaction to the terrible incident…
Any Arsenal fan happy that shawcross has broken his leg is a disgrace!! And you’re an embarrassment to Arsenal football club..
— Dave Jackson (@DaveJackson14_) July 27, 2019
I’m a gooner and if you mock shawcross it’s makes you no better than those stoke fans
— Kam Kashmiri (@Redpandakam) July 27, 2019
For the Arsenal fansthrowing subtle digs after this injury, you are now showing the same lack of class that you spent years criticising Stoke fans for.
— Moh Haider (@ArsenalMoh8) July 27, 2019
I get that fans are upset about the Ramsey leg break.
But if they remember Shawcross was in tears after his tackle on Ramsey, he ofcourse did not mean it.
The very best of luck to Shawcross for his recovery.
Wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
— Alam – First of his name. (@AlamManji) July 27, 2019
I have no hate towards Shawcross, but the way Stoke fans treated and even booed Ramsey was unforgivable and this is pure karma which has been coming for their fans. All the best for Shawcross though, horrible to see.
— UpTheArse (@UptheArsenal__) July 27, 2019
Totally agree when you are Arsenal you do not celebrate serious injuries to any player from any team. Hope @stokecity Shawcross is ok
— Kieran Crowley (@kieran_crowley) July 27, 2019
Well said. We should show our class and not stoop to their level. We can’t spend a decade looking down our noses at them, then act in the same way. The Arsenal stands for something, class
— Stuart (@StuartPunnett) July 27, 2019