Jack Wilshere given ‘the ick’ by Darren Bent in Arsenal celebration admission

Jack Wilshere says the thought of Arsenal fan Darren Bent celebrating a goal against the Gunners gives him “the ick”.

Wilshere is a club legend at Arsenal, where he made 197 appearances over a 10-year period. The 30-year-old midfielder moved on from his boyhood club in recent years, playing for West Ham, Bournemouth and Danish side Aarhus, but he remains a Gunner.

By contrast, Bent played for nine different clubs throughout his successful 17-year professional career. The former England international banged in goals wherever he went and was not shy about celebrating them – even if he was back on an old stomping ground, or at the club he supports.

During a segment ontalkSPORT , Wilshere and Bent discussed the issue of whether players should celebrate every goal, regardless of who they come against, or whether respect should be shown to former clubs.

“No, I don’t think you can,” Wilshere stated, when asked if you should celebrate a goal against a former club. “I scored against Ipswich and didn’t celebrate because, come on, they were the ones that gave me an opportunity,” Bent replied. “I scored against Spurs and celebrated like a mad man.”

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Wilshere retorted: “Did you celebrate scoring against Arsenal?” Bent, who despite playing for Spurs, Charlton and Fulham, is an Arsenal fan, replied: “Yeah, I would have done, every single time, which was a fair few.” Wilshere then said: “I don’t like that. That gives me the ick.”

Bent did indeed have a good goal-scoring record against Arsenal, having netted eight times in just 13 matches against the north London club. He scored against the Gunners for Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Fulham. In fact, of all the sides Bent faced in his career, he only scored more against Bolton (11) than Arsenal.

Wilshere might remember three of the goals in particular, because he started for Arsenal against Bent’s Sunderland side in a 1-1 draw back in September 2010, and in the Gunners team which was beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa the following season courtesy of two Bent goals at the Emirates Stadium.

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