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Jack Wilshere's anti-Spurs a chant too far: Niall Quinn

By Jim van Wijk

Published 02/06/2015

Having his say: Jack Wilshere on Sunday’s victory parade
Having his say: Jack Wilshere on Sunday’s victory parade

Jack Wilshere has apologised if his anti-Tottenham chants during the FA Cup victory parade on Sunday caused any offence.

The 23-year-old, who came through the Arsenal youth ranks, took to the microphone to mock the club's fierce rivals as the players celebrated on a stage outside the Emirates Stadium.

In similar scenes to 12 months ago, Wilshere then proceeded to lead the massed ranks of Arsenal supporters in a chant which included expletives against Spurs, who again finished below their north London neighbours in the Barclays Premier League table.

The England international earlier yesterday received backing from the Arsenal Independent Supporters' Association, but also drew plenty of criticism, including from former Gunners' striker Niall Quinn who said Wilshere had "overstepped the mark".

While falling short of saying sorry for making the remarks, Wilshere used a Twitter post to apologise to anyone who had been upset by them.

"Sharing back2back Cup wins with so many amazing Gooners is a dream come true. Apologies if I upset or offended any of u with my celebrations," Wilshere wrote.

Wilshere is set to join up with England later this week and there is no suggestion at the moment that the Football Association are looking into the matter.

Arsenal, though, issued a swift apology during their in-house media broadcast of the event and are understood to have spoken to Wilshere about his conduct.

Quinn felt Wilshere, who also recited a popular expletive-ridden chant about Tottenham as Arsenal celebrated their 2014 FA Cup final triumph, should have shown more constraint.

The former Republic of Ireland international said: "You want passion from your players, there is no doubt about that, but he has overstepped the mark once more.

"I think most Arsenal fans and fans of any club love to interact with players and love to feel their passion, but he has pushed the boat out too far once again. He has to act a little bit better from now on."

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