FOOTIE TWEETS: Rooney thanks Arsenal; Spurs star Bale celebrated; Barton attacks QPR maggots

Brad Davies reviews the weekend in England as seen on Twitter by the game's stars - including an amazing attack on QPR players by Joey Barton.

Brad Davies reviews the weekend in England as seen on Twitter by the game's stars - including an amazing attack on QPR players by Joey Barton.

With Manchester United having officially wrapped up the Premier League title early in the week, attentions were turned to the battle for top 4 places, the relegation fight and Robin van Persie's first return visit to the Emirates since his transfer last summer.

Of course, not only were the Gunners faced with the indignity of hosting their former hero as a newly crowned league winner, but in keeping with modern tradition they had to provide a guard of honour for RVP and their bitter rivals in their first match since taking the title.

Wayne Rooney made a rare foray onto Twitter to issue praise for the respect shown: "Big thx to arsenal players and fans for guard of honour. Respect"

Piers Morgan chirped back, somewhat sarcastically we'd presume with: "No problem, Shrek. Just wish I could have hugged you & VanPursestrings too"

Rooney, however maintained sincerity with another reply to Piers, saying: "no worries. Ive done it myself. Its not nice but Arsenal players were great. Respect to them all."

After a week spent dealing with the fallout of the Luis Suarez biting incident which eventually saw the striker handed a 10 game ban, Liverpool proved they aren't as reliant on the Uruguayan as many believe, dishing out a 6-0 hiding to Newcastle at St James Park.

Suarez himself voiced his delight at the result: "Very happy with this great win!!! Congratulations to all my teammates!!!! YNWA!!!!"

Goalscorer on the day, Daniel Agger sent Suarez a message of support with this: "@luis16suarez always remember my friend: Y.N.W.A :)"

And Glen Johnson was just impressed with his team's ability to keep the Newcastle crowd hushed: "Great 3 points. Never heard St James Park so quiet. :-/"

With the PFA awards being announced, it was Gareth Bale who took out both the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, earning plenty of congratulations.

The man himself tweeted his pride:

He also went on to explain just why the awards holds such significance to him: "When it's your fellow pros who vote for the awards, it makes them feel that extra bit more special. Thanks for all the kind tweets!"

Wayne Rooney applauded Bale but wasn't shy in giving his verdict on who he thought deserved the gong: Congrats to gareth bale on winning both awards tonight. I think Van persie or Suarez should of won it though."

The United number 10 was also wrapt with his goalkeeper being recognised in the season's best 11: "Buzzing de gea was in team of year. Yes david well deserved"

In a City team full of players who failed to reach the heights of last season, Pablo Zabaleta was a shining exception and tweeted his delight at making team of the year: "Truly humbled to be included within the @PFA Team Of The Year. It's an honour to play and be named alongside such great players. Thanks."

Samir Nasri was on hand to congratulate his teammate: "Congrats @pablo_zabaleta on being selected in team of the year full deserved hermano"

After playing out a scoreless draw at the Madejski, Reading and QPR's relegation fate was officially decided with both clubs headed back to the Championship next season. With little response from the players of either side on Twitter it was left to the ever passionate Joey Barton to dish out the tough love. We leave you today with a selection of some of his finest 140 character bursts.

Barton: "I can't believe QPR have just been relegated and Boswinga was walking down the tunnel laughing! Embarrassing. Show some guts man..."

"Gutted for the club. Too many wankers amongst the playing staff. All brought in by Hughes. Some good lads but not enough. Too many maggots"

"Hope they can get a load out, if not they'll end up in a Wolves situation because trust me that Championship is a f*cking hard league!

"It's the club an supporters I feel for. They don't get the chance to move club or switch alliances, they are left to pick up the bits."

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