“Emi Martinez acted erratically,” Unai Emery, The Manager Of Aston Villa, Says He ‘Didn’t Appreciate’ The Goalkeeper Going Up For A Late Corner.
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was criticized by Aston Villa boss Unai Emery for leaving his area to go up for a corner during the match against Arsenal on Saturday.
Martinez jumped to take the Villa corner. With a counterattack, Arsenal scored. The goalkeeper scored an own goal as well.
With Villa behind 3-2, Martinez climbed up to the Arsenal goal to take a last-minute corner. However, Arsenal was able to regain control of the ball, and the next counterattack allowed Gabriel Martinelli to score a 4-2 victory by rolling the ball into an open goal.
The goalkeeper’s choice, though, did not please Emery, who told talkSPORT: “Our game plan is, of course, quality truly, and on the pitch, they have to take the decision. He recently made the decision to go offensively to the corner, but I don’t like it.
Watch Unai Emery’s post-match conference.
Nevertheless, I didn’t tell him anything either before or after since, throughout my career, I never instructed our goalkeepers to do anything, and the statistical data is against the teams that favor the goalkeeper more than it is in favor of them scoring any goals.
The World Cup champion of Argentina did not play well against the Gunners since he also scored an own goal, giving Arsenal a 3-2 lead.