Aston Villa hero Gabby Agbonlahor slams Gabriel Martinelli for ‘disrespect’ during Arsenal win
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 20, 2023 - 12:16PM
Gabriel Martinelli finished the scoring on Saturday afternoon at Villa Park (Picture: Getty Images)

Gabriel Agbonlahor was not happy at all with on Saturday as the Arsenal striker celebrated before putting the ball in the net against .

The Gunners twice came from behind against the Villains to win 4-2 and move back to the top of the Premier League table in the process.

to complete the scoring deep into stoppage time, breaking clear and having an empty net ahead of him as goalkeeper Emi Martinez went up for a Villa corner.

With an unmissable finish, the Brazilian threw his arms in the air before actually scoring and Agbonlahor didn’t like it.

The former Villa striker hit out at Martinelli for showing disrespect, especially as he has been out of form recently, although why that is relevant isn’t obvious.

‘I thought Arsenal were impressive in the second half, they didn’t turn up in the first half, but in the second half they were relentless,’ Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.

‘[Bukayo] Saka getting at players, [Granit] Xhaka and [Martin] Odegaard finding space, and Arsenal thoroughly deserved the win.

Gabriel Martinelli was celebrating before the ball was in the net (Picture: BT Sport)

‘But, there was a part of the game I didn’t like. I didn’t like Martinelli running through, empty net, and he’s just celebrating before he’s put the ball into the back of the net.

‘You know he’s been rubbish for a month, and he’s scoring a tap-in and celebrating before he scores.

‘[It’s a] lack of respect for your team-mates, I didn’t like it. That from Martinelli for me today wasn’t very sportsmanlike.’


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