Ollie Watkins admits his family of Arsenal fans probably won’t be too happy about him scoring two goals against the Gunners on Sunday.
Ollie Watkins made his second competitive appearance at the Emirates Stadium over the weekend – and his first for Aston Villa. His only previous game at the ground was in a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal with Brentford in the League Cup.
This time around, Watkins faced his boyhood club with Premier League Aston Villa. He took full advantage of the opportunity, scoring twice in a 3-0 win.
Afterwards, he joked his Arsenal-supporting family probably won’t enjoy the result too much.
“Not sure my Grandad & my Uncle Baz are going to be too happy about that because they’re Arsenal fans, I’m an Arsenal fan myself,” Watkins told Sky Sports. “But yeah, I’m buzzing…I’m sure they’ll love it. I’m over the moon.”
Back in March, 24-year-old Watkins admitted he dreams of playing for Arsenal someday. He added that it was a “long shot”, but his summer move to high-flying Aston Villa is certainly giving him the chance to show what he can do at the top level in England.
With six goals and an assist in his first seven Premier League games, Watkins is performing well so far.
Admittedly, those goal contributions haven’t been entirely consistent, with all seven of them coming in just three games. He drew blanks in the other four, but Villa won three of them anyway, so he’s contributing in other ways.
It’s certainly unlikely to lead to an immediate move to Arsenal, but you never know what the future holds.