Everton manager Marco Silva opened up on his bitter touchline spat with Arsenal counterpart Unai Emery and his coaching staff as the Toffees grabbed a 1-0 win.
Silva and Emery were involved in a heated exchange during the second half at Goodison Park, while Everton were 1-0 up following Phil Jagielka’s 10th-minute goal.
This dispute began following a reckless challenge by Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Gunners playmaker Mesut Ozil added to the growing tension between the sides by throwing his coat in Silva’s direction during the argument with Emery. (see video below).
“We had that moment during the game,” said Silva, according to Sky Sports.
“Football is emotional, he wants the best for his team, I want the best also. I said the to him at the end, best of luck in the rest of the matches.”
The Toffees dominated Arsenal throughout the match on Sunday afternoon and were perhaps guilty of not adding to their advantage after Bernard, Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson all wasted scoring opportunities.
But Jagielka’s early goal proved to be enough for Everton, despite the England international being a late replacement for an unwell Michael Keane.
The 1-0 victory was Everton’s third in a row and allowed them to leapfrog Watford into ninth-place in the Premier League table.
“Congratulations to our players, our fans in our stadium, we fully deserve three points,” said Silva.
“To play efficient football, to be creative, to create chances to score, we have to be solid as a team. We didn’t give them many chances to create problems.
“The win is fair, but in my opinion more fair with more goals.”
On Jagielka, Silva added: “Jags is a very good professional, but he’s quality also. He’s our captain, he’s important to us outside and inside the pitch.
“He really deserved it. He scored and helped us win.”
Everton will now prepare to take on the already-relegated Fulham next Saturday.
Mesut Ozil launching his jacket at Unai Emery 👀 pic.twitter.com/wZiIKhMjrt
— Sean Kearns (@SeanPaulKearns) April 7, 2019