Bacary Sagna and Thomas Vermaelen appeared to be engaging in an argument at the Madejski stadium, but the French defender has cleared off matters, claiming he was only reacting to a Reading man instead.
Wenger’s men’s sublime display against Reading put most of their recent turbulence to bed. But for a brief period at full-time, the negativity seemed to be lingering around the Arsenal camp.
Initial observations were that Sagna and Vermaelen were exchanging words after the final whistle due to lapses in defence, but despite having to be pulled away by Kierran Gibbs as he altered words in anger, Arsenal’s right-back insists he was rather speaking to a Reading player who fouled him and not his skipper.
Vermaelen did make a gesture of “calm down” to Sagna in order to avoid building a big scene and Sagna himself moved to quash rumours over a rift with his Belgian teammate by posting the following on his twitter account.
“There is no problem between TV and myself..i was angry as the reading’s player pushed me and walked on me while the ball was out..that’s it”
To their credit, Arsenal’s players did their best to keep the incident quiet. But one person who certainly did not keep quiet over the brief drama was ESPN’s colour commentator Steve Mcmanaman who pointed out the confrontation and joked “it’s good to see really, isn’t it? 5-2 and they are still not happy” – suggesting it was actually a war of words between Sagna and Vermaelen.
Whether Sagna’s final word on twitter was the truth or just an attempt to hide controversy, here is how it all looked on television broadcast.