Arsenal and Aston Villa staff separated in press box scuffle

Arsenal and Aston Villa staff separated in press box scuffle

Arsenal and Aston Villa staff members needed to be restrained after a bodily altercation in the Villa Park press box throughout Saturday’s Premier League match between the 2 groups.

Villa knowledge and video analyst Victor Manas — who used to work at Arsenal with Unai Emery — and Arsenal analyst Miguel Molina have been separated by stewards after the league chief’s third objective.

Molina then left the press box of his personal accord.

When requested in regards to the conflict after the match, Mikel Arteta stated: “Like something that occurs in the stands we are going to have a look at it, deal with it and take motion if mandatory.”

He added he had not but spoken with Molina.

Emery stated after the match that he was “unaware” of the altercation “however would ask”.

Arsenal scored twice in stoppage time to win an entertaining match and return to the highest of the Premier League.

Jorginho’s shot deflected in off Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez to place Arsenal 3-2 up — which prompted the press box scuffle — earlier than Gabriel Martinelli scored a breakaway fourth.

Villa twice led, by means of Ollie Watkins and Philippe Coutinho, in the primary half. However they have been pegged again by targets from Bukayo Saka and Oleksandr Zinchenko both facet of the break.


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