Ollie Watkins grew up as an Arsenal fan and dreamed of discovering the web on the Emirates pitch.
On Sunday he did simply that, besides his targets got here for Aston Villa in a 3-Zero humiliation on Mikel Arteta’s aspect in north London.
Watkins, who joined the Villans from Brentford in a £28million deal in the summertime, has settled in nicely with six Premier League targets this time period.
However earlier the 24-year-old revealed boyhood hopes of pulling on an Arsenal shirt.
“That’s the dream to play for Arsenal at some point, however , it’s a longshot,” he advised the London Soccer Awards earlier this 12 months.
And Watkins was requested about his soccer allegiance after the win during which he scored two targets in 4 minutes.
Watkins joked with Sky Sports activities: “I’m undecided my granddad or uncle Baz are going to be too glad!
“They’re Arsenal followers and I’m an Arsenal fan myself – however I’m buzzing. I’m certain they are going to adore it actually. I’m over the moon.”
Arsenal have already got loads of strikers on their books, together with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who dedicated his future to the membership by signing a brand new contract in September.
Nonetheless, in opposition to Watkins’ Villa he performed 90 minutes with out making an attempt a shot for the primary time in his Premier League profession. Arsenal, in the meantime, have scored simply 9 targets in eight Premier League video games this season; their fewest at this stage of a league marketing campaign because the 1998/99 marketing campaign.
Who is aware of, if Watkins retains up this very excessive degree, it will not be lengthy till Arsenal come knocking, although Dean Smith might have one or two issues to say about that.