TODD CANTWELL reminded Spurs fans of his North London allegiances when shushing the crowd after his penalty for Norwich in the FA Cup.
A boyhood Arsenal fan, the midfielder earned Gunners fans’ affection by helping to knock Tottenham out of the competition on Wednesday night.
Despite coming through the Norwich academy, Norfolk native Cantwell has often shown a soft spot for Arsenal.
During his teenage years, he tweeted numerous times about the club with the posts remaining online today, such as one 2014 comment that reads: “So glad I’ve stayed loyal as a ARSENAL fan!”
He followed that up with a tweet in September of the same year, writing: “Come on Arsenal!”
And Wednesday night saw him get one over Spurs, netting a vital penalty in the last-16 win at Tottenham Stadium.
After burying an excellent attempt that made it 3-2 to Norwich in the shootout, Cantwell calmly ran back to the halfway line while making a shushing gesture to the home fans before patting the Norwich badge on his chest.
As the Canaries qualified for the FA Cup quarter-finals thanks to Gedson Fernandes’ subsequent miss from the spot, Arsenal fans joined in the celebrations.
Many on social media hoped the the 22-year-old’s affections could help bring him to Emirates Stadium.
Twitter user Pote wrote: “Cantwell the Arsenal boy telling them to shush in their own ends.”
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Dan tweeted: “Boyhood Arsenal fan Todd Cantwell scoring a penalty at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium to help knock them out of the cup, then shushing the fans. Don’t you just love it?”
One fan account added: “Cantwell and Aarons both are Gooners. If they get relegated we should definitely try as much as we can to land them both!”
And Ben wrote: “Time for this Cantwell kid to come to N5. Bruddas an Arsenal fan and he just shushed Spurs fans after his pen.”
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