Robert Huth has revealed that Leicester were inspired to win after witnessing triumphant Arsenal players take ‘selfies’ after a match.
Arsenal beat Leicester 2-1 in February, inflicting upon the Foxes only their third defeat of the Premier League season.
Leicester were still top after the loss, but Gunners players celebrated in the dressing room afterwards and shared pictures on social media.
The Foxes went on to win a historic first-ever top-flight title, and defender Huth claims that the gloating by Arsenal players had motivated them.
“For me the key point was when we lost to Arsenal,” he said, as quoted by The Sun. “Everyone was celebrating, they were doing selfies. Even though we were still top.
“A few of the lads stuck a few those pictures up and it got the blood boiling. It gave us an extra yard in the next few games.”
The Times journalist Jonathan Northcroft supports the claims in his new book, ‘Fearless’.
‘Then came the Arsenal selfies,’ he writes. ‘Pictures were coming through on social media showing a touch of triumphalism in the home dressing room.
‘Arsenal players danced round Danny Welbeck, chanting his name, and then a large bunch of them posed for a photograph. Aaron Ramsey posted it. Sanchez posted it. So did Ozil, who added an emoji of a flexed bicep and ‘big points.’
‘Leicester’s lads saw it. Their mood changed. They unified again.’