Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta has responded to Aston Villa’s robust approach to handling Bukayo Saka as Martin Odegaard has talked about Norway changing two players’ shirt numbers
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hit back at Steven Gerrard’s assessment of Bukayo Saka after the Gunners winger was injured in Saturday’s clash between the two sides.
Saka was unable to complete the game, ultimately having to leave the pitch after a robust challenge by Tyrone Mings, but Villa boss Gerrard dismissed calls to for referees to give the young England star more protection. And following Gerrard’s claim that Saka “can’t complain about that side of it”, Arteta has hit back.
It comes as Martin Odegaard has spoken about a big switch he has seen at international level with Norway. And Gabby Agbonlahor has performed a U-turn on his comments on Arsenal’s celebrations after beating Villa after being torn apart by Laura Woods.
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talkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has apologised after being ripped apart for his claims Arsenal celebrated their win over Aston Villa “like they’d won the Champions League “.
Bukayo Saka scored the only goal of the game in the 30th minute with a shot from the edge of the area that he guided through a crowd of defenders and past Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez. But Arsenal’s actions at the full-time whistle angered former Villa forward Agbonlahor, who claimed the Gunners “overdid the celebrations”.
But presenter Woods came back with a brutal takedown of Agbonlahor’s argument, leading to the forward apologising to Arsenal fans.
Odegaard disusses switch
Martin Odegaard has discussed a big change he’s seen at international level.
The Arsenal playmaker wears the captain’s armband for a talented Norway side that also includes Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and former Crystal Palace forward Alexander Sorloth. Up until now, Sorloth had worn his country’s number nine shirt but that will now change.
And Odegaard has spoken about how it’s impacted things behind the scenes for his country.
Arteta hits out
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hit back at Steven Gerrard’s claims that Aston Villa’s physical approach to handling Bukayo Saka on Saturday is “part of the game”.
Saka was fouled prior to the Gunners’ only goal of the game, with Arsenal’s short free-kick finding its way to Cedric Soares, whose cross Villa failed to clear before Saka guided the ball into the net. But Saka was replaced by Nicolas Pepe for Arsenal towards the end of the game after having to deal with a number of robust challenges from Villa.
And after Gerrard was less than apologetic about his side’s approach, Arteta has hit back with a pointed remark about why players like Saka need protecting.