‘Top Banter’ between Arsenal and Monaco on twitter

There are few things more cringe-worthy in the modern game than the sort of pre-game banter often exchanged between official club twitter accounts.

Arsenal and Monaco seem to be masters of the art, however, as they proved tonight with this exchange:

Some say the arguments that take place beneath YouTube videos is the lowest form of discourse. Others believe that this is offered by Jeremy Kyle.

However, as Arsenal and AS Monaco have shown us tonight, it would seem the kind of ‘banter’ exchanged between official club twitter handles is making a strong argument for that crown.

Arsenal are the only team, alongside Real Madrid, to have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League in every season since the new format in 2003/04. However, they have been knocked out in the last 16 in each of the last four seasons.

Monaco, on the other hand, have gone through against English clubs in their last three knockout encounters: in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup quarter finals v Newcastle, in the 1997/98 Champions League quarter finals v Manchester Utd and in the 2003/04 Champions League semi-finals v Chelsea.