Emery sends warning to Aston Villa keeper Martinez after Argentina celebrations

Joe Williams
Argentina duo Lionel Messi and Emiliano Martinez

Aston Villa boss Unai Emery has warned Emiliano Martinez that he will need to “speak to him next week” after his received criticism for his celebrations as Argentina won the World Cup.

The Aston Villa stopper saved two spot-kicks in Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final victory over the Netherlands earlier in the tournament and was crucial again as Argentina overcame France in the World Cup final.

Argentina again won on penalties and Martinez used all the tricks in the book to try and stop France from scoring their penalties in the shoot-out.

After denying Kingsley Coman, Martinez threw the ball away from Aurelien Tchouameni ahead of his penalty, which the France midfielder dragged wide.

Martinez was then booked for attempting to approach Randal Kolo Muani ahead of his penalty with Argentina eventually winning the shoot-out 4-2 after the match had finished 3-3 after extra-time.

He was also criticised for his post-match celebrations in which thrust the Golden Glove award from his groin towards the France supporters, while he mocked Kylian Mbappe in the dressing room and held a doll with a picture of the France striker’s face on during Argentina’s trophy parade.

And Emery admits he will have to talk to Martinez about his over-the-top celebrations with the Aston Villa boss insisting that the Argentina goalkeeper was probably struggling to control his emotions.

“When you have a big emotion, sometimes it’s difficult to control it,” Emery said.

“I will speak to him next week about some of the celebrations but I need to respect that he’s with his national team right now. When he’s back with us we can speak about it.”

Despite that stern warning, Emery has praised Martinez for his performances at the World Cup and insists everyone at Aston Villa is “proud” of his achievements.

Emery added: “We are so proud of him. He won the World Cup, it’s amazing! Aston Villa fans can be very proud.

“He’s coming back next week so we are expecting him to be ready for the game at Tottenham on New Year’s Day.

“I want him to rest now because after all that hard work and emotion, he needs it. He had an excellent World Cup and we’re looking forward to having him back.”

Aston Villa won three of their final four Premier League matches before the World Cup break and Emery will be looking to pick up where he left off on Boxing Day against Liverpool.

On Liverpool, Emery continued: “I started playing against them in 2016 in the Europa League final during their first season with Jurgen Klopp. We won a very good match.

“Since then, I lost. I haven’t won again – sometimes a draw with Arsenal – but it’s always a very difficult match against them.

“They’re a difficult team with the amazing way they play. Last year, I played against them with Villarreal in the Champions League semi-finals and we lost two times.

“On Boxing Day, I think it’s going to be different. They started the league with some doubts; they have 22 points and we have 18.

“If we think we can win against them, we can be really close to them. If we get our best performance, I think we can do it. We will be with our fans in our stadium at Villa Park and I think it’s going to be a very special match.”

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