TAMMY ABRAHAM appeared to inform Bukayo Saka to ‘shut up’ after the Arsenal winger’s beautiful purpose in Saturday’s 3-1 win.
The Gunners ended an extended winless run with a medical show towards their London rivals.
Bukayo Saka despatched Arsenal into dreamland together with his purposeCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Saka, who at 19 turned the second-youngest Premier League scorer within the fixture, sealed the win with a cross-cum-shot that looped over Edouard Mendy.
Whether or not the winger meant it or not solely he is aware of – and the dialogue appeared to irk Chelsea star Abraham on the full-time whistle.
As Saka spoke to team-mate Ainsley Maitland-Niles, TV cameras picked up the Blues ahead strolling previous the pair and muttering some phrases.
Eagle-eyed viewers reckoned he mentioned: “You did not imply it, shut up man.”
The naturally annoyed Abraham then continued to stroll off as his England colleagues shared a cheeky chuckle.
Saka has since claimed the strike was what he meant, telling Sky Sports activities reporter Geoff Shreeves he ‘in fact’ meant it as he walked by the Emirates Stadium combined zone.
The teenager later tweeted with a winking face: “Noticed him off his line!”
That remark drew a reply from one other England team-mate, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, who joked that he didn’t consider Saka for a second.
He posted on Twitter: “Ur to humorous man [sic]! Liar.”
Arsenal followers have been in a position to enjoy their star man’s performance on Boxing Day whether or not he meant to attain their third purpose or not.
First-half strikes for Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka sent the Gunners on their way to a primary home win since November 1.
The victory considerably eased any looming relegation worries and set Mikel Arteta up nicely for crunch journeys to Brighton and West Brom.
And Saka’s efficiency on the proper wing was a real spotlight with Sky pundit Gary Neville naming him the person of the match.
The ex-defender mentioned: “Completely liked his efficiency, scored a purpose in the beginning of the second-half.
“Completely excellent enjoying off that right-hand aspect.
“He’s primarily had a defensive function within the second-half after that purpose however he’s finished it nicely.
“We haven’t seen something of [Ben] Chilwell and that’s right down to him.”
Saka instructed BBC Sport post-game that the win was a very long time coming after a ‘difficult’ and ‘unfortunate’ spell for Arsenal.
It has been difficult, robust, however we have now come out of it and we are attempting our greatest.
He acknowledged: “We really feel that we’re a superb group who’ve been unfortunate with outcomes and crimson playing cards however it is a large one for our confidence.
“It has been difficult, robust, however we have now come out of it and we are attempting our greatest.
“We grew up with one another, the younger gamers all need to play and have the fervour for this membership. We need to make the followers comfortable.”
On the purpose, he remarked: “I noticed him off his line so I assumed I might chip him.”
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