• Валерий Фурсов

Steven Gerrard in spiky interview after Arsenal loss with sarcastic digs at interviewer

Steven Gerrard wasn't a happy bunny after Aston Villa's defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, and his tense interview with Des Kelly after the match made for compelling viewing

Steven Gerrard was in no mood to have his buttons pushed during his post-match interview following Aston Villa's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

The former Liverpool skipper had fire in his eyes as Des Kelly asked him a few questions about the game, but managed to keep his cool, despite criticising the BT Sport reporter's conduct.

Gerrard was initially irritated when Kelly asked him a question about his team's lack of attacking impetus, which the Villa boss felt he'd already addressed and the two continued to knock heads, particularly after Kelly mentioned the gap between Aston Villa and the teams above them.

And after Gerrard spoke about wantings his team to be more aggressive, Kelly told him: "You sound aggressive in this interview".

"I'll tell you what I am. I’m emotional, I care, I don’t like getting beat and I actually thought your questions would be a little bit better in all honesty," Gerrard responded.

"No disrespect, nothing personal, but you've just said there's a gap, we know that, and you've said we had one shot on target, that's how I described the game."

"We both agree then," Kelly replied, at which point Gerrard wrapped things up, saying: "Cheers Des, all the best fella."

There was handshake, a couple of smiles and even a wink from Gerrard as he left, suggesting that there were no hard feelings, but the debacle brought back memories of the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish at their very coldest.

A first-half goal from Bukayo Saka was enough to separate the two sides at Villa Park with Arsenal successfully bouncing back from Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool. The win, which is their sixth in seven league matches, moves them four points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United and put them firmly in the driving seat for the race for Champions League football next season.

Aston Villa meanwhile stay ninth in the table having failed to close the 10 point gap between them and eight-placed Wolves.