Former Arsenal and Republic of Ireland player Niall Quinn has told Sky Sports that he thinks Jack Wilshere has overstepped the mark with his expletive-filled comments about the Gunners' rivals Tottenham during the club's celebrations of their FA Cup victory this weekend.
With the Gunners parading the trophy in front of their fans on Sunday, the England midfielder led Arsenal fans with a chant mocking Spurs, having done the same thing last season.
The club have warned Wilshere regarding his conduct following his latest indiscretion, and Quinn has said that people should be talking about the 23-year-old's qualities as a player, rather than another controversy.
"It’s cropped up again. You want passion from your players, there’s no doubt about that, but he has overstepped the mark once more,” the Irishman told Sky Sports News.
“I think most Arsenal fans and fans of any club love to interact with players and love to feel their passion but he has pushed the boat out too far once again. He has been reminded of his responsibilities.
“He’s a player who has much talent and he has been talked about for a lot of other reasons beside his football talent. Once again we are doing it here when it should be a great day or two.
“I think he has to apologise and retain that passion for his club but not to cross the line and mock Spurs the way he did or the way he got the fans to do. He has to act a little bit better from now on.”
Though many Arsenal fans may revel in Wilshere's comments, Quinn clearly feels that the midfielder has acted with a lack of respect in what should have been a purely positive celebration of their FA Cup win over Aston Villa.
The Sunderland and Manchester City favourite started his career at Arsenal, spending six and a half seasons in North London before moving on to Maine Road.
Though he was often little more than a squad player at the Gunners, Quinn did help the club win the League Cup in 1987 and ended up scoring 14 league goals in 67 games for Arsenal.