Ivan Toney called Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes ‘squeaky’ after he tweeted following the Gunners’ win at Brentford on Sunday.
Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 victory to return to the top of the Premier League as goals from William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira wrapped up a comfortable three points for Mikel Arteta’s side.
It was a markedly different result to the corresponding game last season, where Brentford won 2-0 in their first-ever Premier League game.
After the win, Toney tweeted ‘Good kick with the boys’, with Arteta showing the message to his players ahead of the reverse game at Emirates Stadium.
It had the desired effect as Arsenal won 2-1, with Alexandre Lacazette posting the exact same line to mock Toney’s earlier tweet.
Gabriel followed suit after the weekend win, posting again: “Good kick with the boys – but this time Toney didn’t see the fun side.
“I think once was funny, the second time was a bit gritty,” he joked. “I bit my tongue, I felt like fighting back and I felt like snacking.
“But fair play to them, they’re a different Arsenal team than we’ve played before.”
Toney is hoping to tweet about his England debut after securing his first call-up after a strong start to the campaign with the Bees.
England travel to Milan to take on Italy in the Nations League on Friday before hosting Germany at Wembley three days later.
“So surreal,” added Toney when asked what it was like to be in and around the team preparing for games.
“I feel like I’m sitting here in an English top, it’s such a privilege and it’s huge for me, my family and also my club.
“It wasn’t just me who did this, it was everyone around me who played a huge role.”