Friedel, Wilshere & more: Twitter reacts as Arsenal and Spurs win

Brad Friedel and Jack Wilshere both tweet their thoughts after Arsenal and Tottenham both secure victories while Chelsea lose

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Chelsea’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four took a blow on Saturday after Southampton were 2-1 winners against the Blues at St Mary’s.

Elsewhere, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both secured victories to enhance their chance of securing Champions League football next season, while Manchester City closed the gap on title rivals Manchester United back to 15 points.

Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals, both past and present, to a busy Saturday of Premier League action.

Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker ‏(@GaryLineker) is thrilled to see his old side take an early lead at Swansea: “Great start for Spurs. Splendid goal, created by Bale, finished exquisitely by Vertonghen.”

Ex-Southampton striker Jason Euell (‏@jasoneuell) hails Lambert’s strike: “Ricky Lambert…. Boooooom!”

Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin (‏@DionDublinsDube) can only applaud the goal despite the ramifications for his old club: “What a goal by Rickie Lambert #rasper!”

Sky Sports’ Chris Kamara ‏(@chris_kammy) is impressed by Gary O’Neil’s cultured finish: “2-0 to West Ham – a brilliant finish from Gary O’Neill – a right foot dink into the corner!”

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann ‏(@DietmarHamann) feels Reading are fortunate to be 1-0 down at half-time: “Arsenal a joy to watch …Reading getting overrun here …only one down though, even though I don’t know how!”

Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (‏@morriskid) hates watching the Blues lose – especially when he has money on the result: “Chelsea losing is bad enough..but killing my treble too is just twisting the knife.”

Ex-Newcastle defender Warren Barton (‏@warrenbarton) is unimpressed by the Magpies: “Poor defending ..come on boys.!! Great fans….”

Speaking of great fans, Arsenal supporter Piers Morgan ‏(@piersmorgan) is enjoying watching his favourite side – for once: “BOOOOM! 3-0 – terrific finish by #Giroud – and another superb assist by #Gervinho. Always knew he had it in him….”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon ‏(@OfficialNeill) reckons Arouna Kone’s strike could be a big one for Wigan: “HUGE goal for Wigan!”

Former Sunderland midfielder Michael Gray ‏(@mickygray33) is worried for the Black Cats: “One point outside of the relegation places… Not looking good for Sunderland…!!!”

Back to Lambert, and Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier ‏(@mattletiss7) wants to see the striker get an England call-up: “Surely England can’t keep ignoring the top English goal scorer in the Premier League! #onerickylambert”

And former Southampton striker James Beattie (@jamesbeattie) agrees: “Top English goal scorer in the Premier League with 14. Another great goal today. Keep up the good work Lambo and the boys. #Lambert4England”

Former Norwich City striker Darren Huckerby ‏(@hucks6dh6) is concerned about free-falling Norwich: “Awful day for #ncfc, Wigan didn’t create much but took their chance, don’t think we had a shot on target but had more possession #DogFight”

Injured Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere (‏@JackWilshere) is pleased to see his team-mates win in style: “Great result today! #differentclass”

Wilshere may not be so happy to see Spurs win – but Brad Friedel (‏@friedel_b) is: “Huge win for us today. Thought our two goals were superb! Looking forward to Thursday.”

City striker Sergio Aguero ‏(@aguerosergiokun) is delighted to be back: “It felt great to return to the pitch, especially with a great victory like this. A big thanks to all the @MCFC people for the warm welcome!!”

West Brom’s Youssouf Mulumbu (‏@mulumbuofficial) apologises to the Baggies supporters: “I’m really sorry about what I happen this afternoon it doesn’t look like me, not a good example for the Kids and all the WBA’s supporter…”

Finally, City captain Vincent Kompany (‏@VincentKompany) is thrilled to score on his return from injury – and secure three points: “Great to be back playing with the team. Everybody played well. Really happy with the win. :-) #mcfc”

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