Deeney says the current Arsenal team shows he was right about his ‘cojones’ statement

Troy Deeney has defended himself over his statement that Arsenal lacked ‘cojones’ in 2017.

He made that statement after his former club, Watford earned an unlikely 2-1 win over Arsenal.

The attacker has since been hated by Arsenal’s fans who have made sure he ate his words.

The Gunners contributed to Watford being relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2019/2020 season after they defeated the Hornets in one of the last matches of that season to confine them to relegation to the Championship.

The attacker who now plays for Birmingham wrote in his Sun Sports column about the controversial statement and defended himself.

He talked about Mesut Ozil’s actions leading to Watford’s winning goal in that particular game and then concluded that a closer look at the current Arsenal team that has just beaten Tottenham shows he was right about that Gunners team.

He wrote: “Whenever I play against Arsenal, I’ll go up and think, ‘Let me whack the first one and see who wants it’. What I said touched a nerve, I don’t regret any of it.

“If anyone actually watched that game back, which they very rarely do, they would see what I was talking about.

“Ten seconds before we score the second goal, the ball goes up to Mesut Ozil and he bottles it because he thinks he’s going to get smashed.

“Ozil is a fantastic footballer, he is technically gifted and his touch is sweet but, in that moment, he thought he was going to get hit from behind. So in that instance, they wimped out.

“I was hammered by Paul Merson and a host of ex-Arsenal players. Because you have stopped playing, you have more entitlement to say that than me?

“Are you worried that I am going to be better at your job than you?

“If anything, I am more entitled to talk about this era of the Premier League because I am in it. I am not dated.

“I think I have been proved right because there are not many people who played in that game for Arsenal who are still at the club, certainly not in the first team.”

The Gunners will look to keep improving and winning matches in this campaign.

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  1. Hmmmmm guys, xhaka is out for six to eight weeks ago
    Is this a blessing in disguise or we re just cursed with injuries, only time will tell

    1. He rarely get injured but that was unlucky.
      Losing one of our players to injury can never be a blessing especially a player of Xhaka experience, no doubt we will miss his services.
      I just hope AMN and loko step up and make the best of the bad situation

      1. Rubbish he will be missed, picked up another yellow card, nearly lost the ball when Ramsdale passed it to him. He is a liability and we will be a better team without him. He brings nothing to the team

    2. No doubt, if this turns out to be the case, an experienced player out for a lengthy period.

      But as one door closes, another opens – it’s called squad depth.

      Step forward Sambi – continue to learn, and grab your chance with both hands.

  2. finally the “rebuild” begins without the great enabler on the pitch…that said, I don’t wish injury upon anyone, whether I rate them as a player or not

    1. TRVL, I agree with you, even though I personally am thrilled that XHAKA WILL NOW MISS A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF GAMES. I am NOT thrilled that he is hurt though and wish how a speedy recovery AND a speedy exit from our club.

      But above all, as a supporter of our club and our team, I am overjoyed that he will miss many games as that will improve us as a team.

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