The 20th minute of today’s Premier League encounter between Arsenal and Leeds sparked a hilarious attempt from Ezgjan Alioski to literally get into the head of Gunners star Bukayo Saka.
Alioski, a versatile player whose played mostly as a left-back this season, is well-regarded for his efforts to rile up opponents, as boss Marcelo Bielsa was happy to describe after the sides met earlier this term.
Alioski wrapped his left hand around Saka’s head and brushed through the wonderkid’s hair, ruffling about before the England international put his arm around the Leeds man in a show of class.
Saka’s reaction wasn’t just smart and classy, importantly he didn’t fall into the same trap as teammate Nicolas Pepe, who previously violently hit out at Alioski’s rattling attempts, earning a sending off.
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Alioski is clearly a mixed bag when it comes to being affectionate on the pitch, today he’s showed love, but in the past he literally hit out at a teammate for dishing out a celebration kiss.