Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has taken to social networking site Twitter to clarify his recent controversial comments about Arsenal.
After Watford’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal away from home at the Emirates Stadium in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon, Gomes was quoted as saying that the Gunners play like a small team.
"It is the best time to play Arsenal and we came to the match very confident,” the former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper told ESPN Brasil, as translated by ESPN. “When you see Arsenal playing against big teams, they look like a small team.
"They don't look like winning a title soon. We knew once we had the ball we'd be able to pass it around since Arsenal gives you too much space. They are not strong defensively.”
Gomes has taken to Twitter to make it clear that he did not mean any disrespect towards Arsenal with his comments.
I have so many friends that are Arsenal fans and I really do respect them, inside of the pitch is different things!— HEURELHO GOMES (@hdgomes) March 15, 2016
What I said in the interview is that, Arsenal was looking that they were the 'small' club not us!— HEURELHO GOMES (@hdgomes) March 15, 2016
And the people in England twisted everything that I said in Portuguese for a Brazilian Tv channel , come guys give me a time !— HEURELHO GOMES (@hdgomes) March 15, 2016
Watford were the better team against Arsenal and deserved to go through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Quique Sanchez Flores’s side are having a great season and could finish in the top half of the Premier League table.
Watford are 14th in the standings at the moment, but they are playing well and are picking up some good results.
The Hornets will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Stoke City at Vicarage Road in the Premier League.