LONDON, June 2- Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has apologised for his obscene anti-Tottenham chants during his club’s FA Cup victory celebrations.
Wilshere took to the microphone on a stage outside the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to mock Gunners’ bitter north London rivals as he and his Arsenal team-mates paraded the trophy after Saturday’s FA Cup final thrashing of Aston Villa.
The 23-year-old proceeded to lead the massed ranks of Arsenal supporters in a chant which included expletives against Tottenham.
Wilshere’s crude singing drew plenty of criticism, including from former Gunners’ striker Niall Quinn who said Wilshere had “overstepped the mark”.
And the England international on Monday used a Twitter post to apologise to anyone who had been upset by his language.
“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 for the June internationals and there is no suggestion at the moment that the Football Association are looking into the matter.
Arsenal issued a swift apology during their in-house media broadcast of the event and are understood to have spoken to Wilshere about his conduct.
Thousands of Arsenal fans cheered the squad despite the rainy conditions as they paraded on open-top buses from the Emirates Stadium to Islington Town Hall, celebrating the club’s record 12th FA Cup victory after successfully retaining the trophy with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
The Gunners faithful waited patiently for several hours for the team’s return to the Emirates, where skipper Mikel Arteta and vice-captain Per Mertesacker presented the FA Cup on stage.
As the players, who were pictured celebrating in London after their victory on Saturday, revelled in the atmosphere, midfielder Wilshere took to the microphone, in a repeat scenario from 12 months ago.
Wilshere, who has come through the youth ranks at Arsenal, started a chant mocking local rivals Tottenham, asking the crowd: “I have one question, and one question only: what do we think of Tottenham?”… before adding: “And what do we think of ****?”, then joining in as the crowd sang back: “We hate Tottenham and we hate Tottenham… we are the Tottenham haters.”
Tottenham reached the Capital One Cup final where they lost to Chelsea and went on to finish fifth in the Premier League, below the Gunners once more.
Wilshere then continued with another Arsenal song, as supporters joined in the shouts of, “It has happened again, Tottenham Hotspur, it has happened again”.
The microphone was then taken off Wilshere, but he retrieved it, saying: “We have got one more.”
As the England international then started the chant “My old man said be a Tottenham fan….”, which when sang in full includes more expletives aimed at Spurs, Arsenal broke off from the live broadcast on their in-house media channel. The studio presenter immediately apologised for any offence caused by the player’s remarks.
Although not broadcast, the Arsenal supporters responded with chants of “Super Jack Wilshere”.
Wilshere came off the bench after 77 minutes against Villa, and was involved in the goal for Olivier Giroud in stoppage time, as the Gunners recorded the biggest FA Cup final winning margin in more than 20 years.
-By Fox News