PAUL Ince has been ripped after claiming Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp do not have statues outside the Emirates.
The former England and Manchester United midfielder was live on BT Sport discussing Manchester City’s plans to immortalise club legend David Silva.
City announced they will erect a statue of the Spaniard outside the Etihad following his free transfer to Real Sociedad after ten years in the Premier League.
But Ince, 52, claimed the decision was excessive despite Silva guiding the club to four Premier League titles and making 436 appearances.
He compared him to the former Arsenal duo and said: “You look at the Henrys and Bergkamps and he’s up there.
“But I don’t see a statue of Bergkamp or Henry outside the Arsenal so…”
Henry, Arsenal’s record goalscorer, was awarded his own statue in 2011 while Bergkamp’s came three years later.
Viewers criticised Ince’s lack of knowledge and suggested he should have done his research before making the comment.
One Arsenal supporter said online: “I hope he’s being sarcastic because those statues were a big deal for us.”
Another added: “It always bothers me that people in the public eye fail to fact check.”
A third said: “I cannot believe that Paul Ince actually said live that Bergkamp and Henry don’t have statues outside our stadium so why should David Silva have one at Man City?
“Being a good player don’t make you a good pundit, absolutely embarrassing.”
Silva’s statue will be will unveiled in 2021 alongside fellow club legend Vincent Kompany, who announced his retirement on Monday.
Man City will also name a training pitch after Silva in honour of his 14 major pieces of silverware at the club.
SunSport exclusively revealed City’s plans to also erect a statue of Sergio Aguero once the Argentine decides to end his time in Manchester.
It was announced on Monday that Silva did a dramatic U-turn by signing for Real Sociedad on a two-year deal.
The veteran appeared on the brink of joining Lazio but reports claimed he ignored club calls before changing his mind in the final moments.