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Emiliano Martinez has denied he liked a social media post calling for Unai Emery’s sacking by insisting his Instagram account was hacked.
The Arsenal reserve goalkeeper raised eyebrows on Thursday when it emerged he had ‘liked’ a post that called for Emery to be axed as Arsenal coach.
Martinez is not the first Arsenal player who’s social media activity has sparked controversy among fans, but the Argentina international explained he has not been in control of his Instagram account for the past 24 hours.
He said in a video: ‘Hi everyone, someone hacked my account over the past 24 hours but I’m back now.’
Arsenal has been rife with controversy in recent weeks, with Emery under pressure to turn results around and Granit Xhaka being stripped as captain.
Alexandre Lacazette was caught out liking posts calling for Emery to be axed, but he then retracted his actions and has since defended the under-fire Emery.
‘We’re working together every day on a constant basis to pick up the slack,’ Lacazette said this week.
‘The group definitely supports the coach and I’m sure the club does as well. We’re a very tight group and we’re doing everything we can to improve.
‘His best quality is that he’s really passionate. Every day at training he’s always really happy to be there and to work with us, to teach us and his staff things.’