Aston Villa v Arsenal: Pictures
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Ex-Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has issued an apology to Arsenal fans after accusing the club of over-the-top celebrations at Villa Park on Saturday. Arsenal players and fans were jubilant at full-time after beating Villa 1-0 to move closer to a top-four Premier League finish.
Bukayo Saka’s first-half strike was enough to secure a sixth win in seven games and a huge three points in the Gunners’ bid to return to Champions League football next season. But on Sunday, Agbonlahor accused them of ‘overdoing’ their celebrations at full-time because his former side is one they ‘should be beating’.
He told talkSPORT: “The way they celebrated at the end of the game was like they’d won the Champions League, not qualified for it. I know it was a great result, but the scenes, the players, and we were right behind the fans, it was like they’d won the league, not beaten Aston Villa, a team they should be beating. I think they did overdo the celebrations.”
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However, on Monday, Woods hit back on talkSPORT Breakfast, playing footage of Agbonlahor praising Villa manager Steven Gerrard for celebrating his first win at the club ‘like a cup final’. She added: “Don’t listen to me, listen to your own argument. Well done, Gabby for undoing your own argument before you’d even made it!”
A day later, Agbonlahor conceded defeat by heaping praise on Woods’ presenting ability and admitted he was ‘bitter’ after Villa’s defeat. The 35-year-old also apologised to the Arsenal fans that he aggravated with his comments and tipped Mikel Arteta’s men to win the top-four race.
“Yes, I’ve seen Laura’s comments – and she’s spot on,” Agbonlahor said on Tuesday. “Laura puts me in my place a lot, and this is why she’s getting awards – because she’s a top presenter. I was very bitter after the game. Where I was watching the game from the BT Sport studio, I could see the Arsenal fans all game.
“And seeing them celebrating after the game, I think it was a bit of jealousy. So I take that comment back and I apologise to Arsenal fans. Their celebrations were fine and I’m sure they will get that top-four position. But Jamie O’Hara, pipe down!”
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