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Arsenal fan Ollie Watkins comments on scoring against them yesterday

Sam Preston November 9, 2020
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Aston Villa produced another eye-catching result in this most open of seasons yesterday.

Dean Smith’s side ripped Arsenal apart 3-0 on their own patch, a win sealed by a brace by Ollie Watkins.

Watkins joined Villa in the summer and continued an impressive start with his double.

We’ve looked back at Watkins’ comments from March about dreaming of playing for Arsenal, as well as what he said about his family – and himself – being big Gunners fans yesterday.

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Back in March, Watkins told the Sports Gazette: “That’s the dream, to play for Arsenal one day. But it’s a long shot. I’m an Arsenal fan so Thierry Henry – he was the idol growing up really.”

Yesterday, as per the Evening Standard, he said: “I’m not sure my grandad or uncle Baz are going to be too happy!

“They are Arsenal fans and I am an Arsenal fan myself – but I’m buzzing. I am sure they will love it really. I am over the moon.”

After yesterday’s performance, perhaps Watkins’ chances of playing in the famous red and white one day aren’t such a long shot any more.

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That said, right now, Villa are five places and three points above Arsenal after yesterday’s win.

They have posted some extremely impressive results this term, adding the scalp of the Gunners to wins over Liverpool and Leicester.

Watkins has transformed their attack, and given them a reliable goalscorer.

Last season, there was a dearth of goals but Watkins already has eight across all competitions in claret and blue.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.