Unai Emery was not happy with Emi Martinez after his side lost 4-2 for the second home game in a row.
To spin this from an Aston Villa perspective, Aston Villa suffered a late defeat as Arsenal scored twice in injury time to win 4-2 at Villa Park.
Ollie Watkins and Philippe Coutinho gave Villa the lead twice, but Bukayo Saka and Oleksandr Zinchenko equalised for the Gunners.
In the closing stages of the game, Jorginho’s strike rebounded off the crossbar and hit Villa goalkeeper Emi Martínez before Gabriel Martinelli scored an empty-netter when Emi Martinez had gone up for corner.
The result capped a thrilling game that saw both teams create chances, with Eddie Nketiah and Leon Bailey hitting the woodwork for their respective sides.
After the game, Unai Emery, the former Arsenal manager, admitted his embarrassment at seeing his side lose their second consecutive home game 4-2, and their third game in a row.
“Embarrassing to lose two matches 2-4 at home,” Emery told reporters at his press conference. “The performance was, overall, poor.”
Asked why they lost, Emery replied, “We didn’t keep going in our game plan to try and control the game with more possession, with good positioning, trying to attack. Not only in transition, because in transition we are losing the ball.”
They certainly failed in their bid to control possession, only controlling the ball 34% of the time. They did outperform their xG which was 0.46 but finished with just seven shots to Arsenal’s 20.
When asked about Emi Martinez going up for the Villa corner, Emery was not best pleased.
“I don’t like it. I told him that,” Emery said.
“Maybe [goalkeepers] can score in the history one or two times, there’s more goals scored against you.
“I’ve never told my goalkeeper to go up in the 92nd minute.
“I don’t know the data but maybe one time out of 100 they will score.”
Martinez was also booked for timewasting, prompting Emery to add that his side had “wasted more time than I want.”