Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta has reacted to Aston Villa’s robust approach to dealing with Bukayo Saka as Martin Odegaard spoke about Norway changing two players’ shirt numbers
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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 failed to finish the game and was eventually forced off the pitch after a tough tackle from Tyrone Mings, but Villa boss Gerrard dismissed calls for referees to offer the young England star more protection. And after Gerrard’s claim that Saka “can’t complain about that side,” Arteta has hit back.
It comes as Martin Odegaard spoke about a huge move he’s seen at international level with Norway. And Gabby Agbonlahor has reversed 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 apologized after being torn apart for his claims Arsenal celebrated their win over Aston Villa “like they won 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 had “overdone the celebrations”.
But presenter Woods came back with a brutal takedown of Agbonlahor’s argument, which led to the striker apologizing to Arsenal fans.
Ödegaard discusses switches
Martin Odegaard spoke about a big change he has seen at international level.
The Arsenal playmaker wears the captain’s armband for a talented Norway side that also includes the Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haland and former crystal palace Forward Alexander Sorloth. Sorloth used to wear his country’s number nine, but that’s about to change.
And Odegaard has spoken about how it has affected things behind the scenes for his country.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hit back at Steven Gerrard’s claim that Aston Villa’s physical approach to dealing with Bukayo Saka on Saturday was “part of the game”.
Saka was fouled before 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 deflected the ball into the net. But Saka was replaced by Nicolas Pepe for Arsenal towards the end of the game after facing a robust series of challenges from Villa.
And after Gerrard failed to apologize for his side’s approach, Arteta has hit back with a scathing remark about why players like Saka need to be protected.
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