Emiliano Martinez Questioned Liverpool's Decision To Go First In Community Shield Penalty Shootout
Arsenal won the Community Shield on Saturday afternoon with a 5-4 shootout victory following a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Referee Andre Marriner brought captains Virgil van Dijk and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang together to decide who would be taking the first penalty.
Van Dijk confidently stated he wanted The Reds to go first which prompted Martinez to ask: "You sure? Are you sure?"
The Argentine's mind games did not go unnoticed and Aubameyang's expression was priceless.
Liverpool's choice to go first would come back to haunt them as Rhian Brewster stuck the bar to give Arsenal the advantage.
Aubameyang stepped up to convert the final penalty and give his side their second Wembley win in a month.
Gunners fans picked up on Martinez's attempt to rattle Liverpool and they love his winning mentality.
Liked that he was talking to the shooters when they stepped to the spot too- P (@04zayfc) August 29, 2020
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Nothing more to be said - man threw the gauntlet and we delivered lol- Drew Thompson (@FMLehrer) August 29, 2020
My God, Emi's passion for the game is becoming so admirable to me the more I see him. He must not be sold. Our greats like Seaman, Lehman were also had aggressive mentality like this. Must keep him in the club.- Khalid (@_SalB1K_) August 30, 2020
The look on Auba face :laughing:- Mike Herz (@AFCCirca86) August 29, 2020
We're blessed in the goalkeeping department now. But this is precisely why Emi edges it for me. A huge personality between the sticks!- Neil Conway (@NeconTaxi) August 30, 2020
Martinez came into the Arsenal first team after Bernd Leno suffered a knee injury back in June.
The 27-year-old played the rest of the Premier League season as well as Arsenal's run to FA Cup glory.
He has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium and Arteta told reporters after Saturday's win per Goal: "Emi has shown in the last few months what he is able to do for this football club.
"I am convinced that he has the level to play for us consistently at that level.
"He showed that today in a final. But I cannot stop the speculation. That is something I cannot stop and what other people can write about us.
"I am not going to discuss publicly what is happening with other players."
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