Saturday, February 18, 2023

Bukayo Saka sends title race message as Unai Emery fumes at Aston Villa decision

Emery fumes at Martinez call

Unai Emery has been left furious with Emi Martinez following Arsenal’s dramatic win over Aston Villa. Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Emery absolved himself of any blame, insisting that he’s never instructed his goalkeeper to try and score.

“I have never told my goalkeeper to go and score one goal in the 90th minute, because maybe – and I don’t know the data – maybe one goal in 100, maybe 20 times they [the opponents] are doing a counter transition and they are scoring 10 goals,” he told BT Sport.

“Today, it happened. And for me it’s not being very smart, not being very consistent in how we want to play, how we want to compete. We can play, we can lose 2-3, but 2-4? It’s not a good result.”

Arteta heaps praise on Jorginho

Mikel Arteta has praised Jorginho for his ‘tremendous’ performance in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Aston Villa. The 31-year-old suffered a rough start to life in north London since joining from Chelsea in January, with each of his previous appearances coming in defeats to Everton and Manchester City.

“I certainly didn’t see that quality of him – scoring from deep,” Arteta said. “The biggest quality he has is that he makes other people look better, better than what you actually are.

“He’s made a huge impact already on the boys and the staff and hopefully our fans. I hope people can see that because I thought he was tremendous today.”

Saka send title race message

Bukayo Saka has given his verdict on Arsenal’s late comeback against Aston Villa as the Premier League title race heats up. After what was an emotional rollercoaster of an afternoon at Villa Park, the winger was delighted with winning the crucial three points. In a short but sweet message, he tweeted: “That one felt good.”

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