Cheeky Saka showed Pickford ‘no respect’ in Everton vs Arsenal melee

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka showed his cheeky side during their defeat to Everton when gave England teammate Jordan Pickford an unwanted surprise.

Players from both teams were involved in an on-field melee during their Premier League clash at Goodison Park on Saturday after Oleksandr Zinchenko clashed with Neal Maupay.

Unsurprisingly, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was among those at the centre of the proceedings, though he was acting as peacemaker by defending his Ukrainian teammate. Pickford went over to remonstrate with Xhaka, but as the two players were speaking, Saka ran up behind the goalkeeper and bounced the ball lightly off the back of his head.

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Pickford turned round sharply to see who was the protagonist before realising it was his Three Lions' colleague and playfully pushed Saka's face away from his. The amusing exchange was picked up by fans on Twitter, with one sending Saka a humorous reminder.

"Saka that's your national's team number one," the fan wrote, alongside several laughing emojis. "Try and respect him."

One fan suggested Saka was the UN peacekeeper of the future, to which another replied: "No idea why someone hasn’t thought of just bouncing a ball off Putin’s head to defuse the conflict in Ukraine."

Others commented on the clearly good relationship between the two England stars, with one fan stating: "It's the fact that Pickford smiled when he saw it was Saka," while another said: "Pickford realised who it was and didn’t even react cause he knew it’s all in good fun."

Saka rightly escaped without any punishment for his amusing antics, though the same can't be said for Zinchenko and Maupay, who were both booked for their tussle in the 96th minute.

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Arsenal were desperately chasing an equaliser after James Tarkowski's header on the hour mark put Everton ahead. Maupay chased down Zinchenko and appeared to catch the full-back with a flailing leg after the ball had gone.

Zinchenko reacted angrily and tried to square up to Maupay, who pulled the Gunners star towards him and fell backwards onto the turf. It resulted in Zinchenko lying almost on top of Maupay, before he jumped to his feet and pointed his finger in his face, before their teammates stepped in to calm the situation.

Arsenal's defeat saw them slip up in the title race but closest rivals Manchester City were also beaten by Tottenham, leaving the Gunners still five points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand to play.


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