Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has stated on Instagram that Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium is his ‘favourite’ place to play in the Premier League.
Grealish played at the Emirates a fortnight ago when Dean Smith’s side suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of 10-man Arsenal – the away team had led on two occasions.
Despite his team losing, Grealish impressed in the middle of the park, and during the second half, he got his due rewards when he set up Wesley for Villa’s second goal.
Nonetheless, this was the message Grealish sent from his personal Instagram account, as Gunners fans will no doubt warm towards his comments:
Villa are in the history books when it comes to the Emirates Stadium because they were the first opposition team to play there in the Premier League in 2005.
At that time, Arsenal had just moved out of Highbury and into brand new surroundings, with then-Villa manager Martin O’Neil recording a 1-1 draw against Arsene Wenger’s men.
Former Sweden centre-back Olof Melberg was the first goalscorer at the stadium, as many great players have played on that North London turf since then.
In recent years, Villa have had a pretty strong record at Arsenal, with wins at the Emirates during their days with O’Neil and Paul Lambert.
Whilst Grealish would have enjoyed playing at such a great stadium, he would have been disappointed that his team dropped such valuable points despite being in such a strong position.