Emiliano Martinez, the World Cup winner for Argentina, was criticized by Aston Villa manager Unai Emery for leaving his net to assist in the pursuit of an improbable equalizer during their Premier League match on Saturday.
Late in the game, Villa behind 3-2, the World Cup winner went up for a corner to help his team score a goal.
Regardless, Arsenal was able to capitalize on a mistake and score a fourth goal to secure the 4-2 victory, which Martinelli finished off by tapping the ball into an open goal. Emery, the former Arsenal manager, was not happy with Martinez’s choice to step up for the corner after the team lost.
Nevertheless, Unai Emery didn’t tell him anything either before or after because, during my career, I’ve never instructed our goalkeepers to do anything, and the statistical data is against teams that favour the goalkeeper more than it is in favour of them scoring any goals.
Emery responded, “He can learn for the upcoming matches,” when asked if he had warned the goalie not to do it again.
At the World Cup in Qatar, the flamboyant and perpetually contentious Martinez made headlines for his distraction tactics during penalties, his ridicule of France’s Kylian Mbappe, and a vulgar gesture while accepting his Golden Glove trophy.
By the final horn on Saturday, he had a dejected expression.
When Arteta made a comeback, he was thrilled.
“You are going to have to win games in many different ways if you want to be at the top,” he said.
“Thanks to the guys. The changing area was thumping. With our game against Manchester City and the morally uplifting result, it took a lot of work to play less than 72 hours ago.
Ollie Watkins, a striker for Villa, was frustrated that the home team could not hold out in the final seconds after his early stunning breakaway goal went unrecognized.
Two all with four or five minutes left, we should finish the game and end up with a draw, arteta remarked.
They got a lot of the ball in the second half and kept applying pressure to us, but Jorginho’s goal was fortunate.