Ivan Toney says Gabriel’s tweet after Arsenal’s win over Brentford was ‘cringey’ and he wanted to ‘nibble’ back but left it with striker praising turnaround of Premier League table toppers

    Ivan Toney has labelled the tweet Gabriel Magalhaes posted after Arsenal beat Brentford ‘cringey.’

    The Gunners returned to the top of the Premier League with the 3-0 win, which saw the defender write afterwards: ‘Nice kick about with the boys’ in response to something Toney tweeted last year.

    The high-flying Gunners are top of the Premier League with 18 points from a possible 21

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    The high-flying Gunners are top of the Premier League with 18 points from a possible 21

    And Gabriel couldn’t resist having a nibble at Toney post match

    And Gabriel couldn’t resist having a nibble at Toney post match

    In the corresponding fixture last season, where Brentford won 2-0 in their first-ever Premier League game, Toney writing ‘Nice kick about with the boys’, riled Arsenal and manager Mikel Arteta even using it as motivation in a team talk for the reverse game.

    It had the desired effect as Arsenal won 2-1, Alexandre Lacazette posting the exact same phrase to mock Toney’s earlier tweet.

    Gabriel followed suit after the weekend win, again posting: “Nice kick about with the boys’ – but this time Toney did not see the funny side.

    “I think once was funny, second time was a bit cringey,” he joked. “I bit my tongue, I wanted to reply and wanted to nibble.

    “But fair play to them, they are a different Arsenal side to the one we played before.”

    Toney will be hoping to tweet about his England debut after earning his first call-up following a fine start to the campaign with the Bees.

    Toney spoke about Gabriel’s tweet ahead of his potential England debut

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    Toney spoke about Gabriel’s tweet ahead of his potential England debut

    England travel to Milan to face Italy in the Nations League on Friday before hosting Germany at Wembley three days later, with both matches live on talkSPORT.

    “So surreal,” Toney added when asked how it felt to be in and around the squad preparing for the games.

    “I feel like I’m sitting in here in an England top is such a privilege and is massive for me and my family and also my club.

    “It is not just me that has done this, it is everyone around me that has played a massive part.”

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