Ivan Toney says Gabriel’s ‘Nice kick about with the boys’ tweet after Arsenal’s win over Brentford was ‘cringey’, but admits he wanted to ‘nibble’ back


Ivan Toney called Gabriel Magalhaes’ beautiful kick ‘cringey’ with the boys’ tweet after Arsenal’s win at Brentford.

The Gunners returned to the top of the Premier League when they swept aside the Bees at Brentford Community Stadium, with goals from William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira sealing a comfortable three points.

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The high-flying Gunners lead the Premier League with 18 points from a possible 21

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The high-flying Gunners lead the Premier League with 18 points from a possible 21

And Gabriel couldn't resist nibbling on Toney after the game

And Gabriel couldn’t resist nibbling on Toney after the game

It was a markedly different result from the equivalent game last season, in which Brentford won 2-0 in their first game in the Premier League.

Following that win, Toney had tweeted “Nice kick about with the boys,” with Arteta showing his players the message ahead of the second leg at Emirates Stadium.

It had the desired effect as Arsenal won 2-1, Alexandre Lacazette posted the exact same sentence to poke fun at Toney’s earlier tweet.

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

“I think once was fun, the second time was a bit spasmodic,” he joked. “I bit my tongue, wanted to answer and nibble.

“But fair play for them, they’re a different Arsenal side to the ones we’ve played against before.”


Toney opened up about Gabriel's tweet ahead of his potential England debut

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

Toney will be hoping to tweet about his England debut after receiving his first call after a good start to the campaign with the Bees.

England travel to Milan on Friday to take on Italy in the Nations League before hosting Germany at Wembley Stadium three days later, with both games being broadcast 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 being in an English top here is a huge privilege and it’s huge for me and my family and also for my club.

“Not only did I do that, but everyone around me played a big part.”

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