Ah, the “like” function on Twitter. It can mean a lot of things. It can mean, “I think that was a good tweet” or “Yes, I agree.” It can be used to bookmark a tweet you want to go back to later.
Or, to hear Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tell it, it can simply be the result of an accidental tap.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has publicly backpedaled after fans noticed he “liked” a tweet calling for manager Arsene Wenger to be sacked after Arsenal’s loss to Chelsea on Saturday.
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The disputed “liked” tweet came shortly after Chelsea easily beat Arsenal, 3-1, which of course led to unhappy calling for Wenger to be dismissed on social media. Oxlade-Chamberlain seemed to endorse a message saying “WENGER NEEDS TO GO!!!” from a fan account called Arsenal Fan TV via the “like” button.
Some fans are taking him at his word, while others – either due to wishful thinking or genuine skepticism – aren’t. Either way, Saturday wasn’t a great day for the Gunners and Wenger, as they now sit 12 points behind the league-leading Chelsea.