Arsenal was undone at 2 Mins

Full-time result-

Aston Villa

Watkins O. (2′)





Ball Possession: 34% – 66%
Goal Attempts: 12- 14
Shots on Goal: 8 – 3
Shots off Goal: 3 – 6
Blocked Shots: 1 – 5
Free Kicks: 12 – 13
Corner Kicks: 3 – 7
Offsides: 1 – 0
Goalkeeper Saves: 3 – 7
Fouls: 12 – 12
Red Cards: 0 – 0
Yellow Cards: 3 – 2
Total Passes: 316 – 597
Tackles: 18 – 12
Attacks: 94 – 132
Dangerous Attacks: 46 – 82

An early Ollie Watkins’ goal condemns the Gunners to another defeat in a week.

In a promising week which saw the Gunners end their unbeaten run in the Premier League since the turn of the new year, the tables have turned again for Mikel Arteta’s men. First it was a mid-week defeat away to struggling Wolves, before Saturday’s early kick-off loss to Aston Villa. Mat Ryan making his premier league debut in goal for the Gunners, couldn’t have dreamt of a worst possible start on his debut.

Cedric Soares was guilty of giving out a loose pass right on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area down the right, with the loose ball falling to Bertrand Traore, whose cross was met by Watkins and his shot at goal took a little deflection off Rob Holding and rolled into the Arsenal net to put the Villians ahead in just 70 seconds after kick-off. Arsenal barely threatened the villa, with former Arsenal shot stopper, Emiliano Martinez at alert to deny the Arsenal attack. The Gunners rarely tested Aston Villa in the first half, Bukayo Saka and Pepe making some brilliant runs down the flanks but they could produce nothing against a resolute Villa defense.

Mikel Arteta introduced Aubameyang, Ordegaard and Willian in the second half, where Arsenal had over 70 percent of possession with no real chance to show. Martin Ordegaard blazed high over the bar from close range while a deeping Granit Xhaka freekick was tipped over for a corner kick by Martinez. Despite the late pressure from the Gunners, villa held on to see out the game and condemn the Gunners to their 10th defeat of the season after just 23 games.

The defeat leaves the Gunners’ hope of a top 4 finish hanging by a thread as they might go 9 points off the top 6 if the other result goes against them. It’s also the first time in the Premier League era that Aston Villa have done the double over Arsenal.

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on his frustration at the result...

“Yes, frustration and disappointment. To lose the game the way we did is incredible. But, saying that, if you give something to the opponent – and it’s not once, it’s three balls away in very difficult areas – you stand a chance of losing the game. When you produce the kinds of situations that we did around the box, inside the box, the shots, the blocks, the set-pieces, you have to score goals. If not, you cannot win the game.”

~ Mikel Arteta


A home league match against Leeds United next weekend awaits them, but Mikel Arteta needs to get back to the drawing board as the team’s confidence has dropped following back to back away league losses in one week, with league games against Manchester City, Leicester City, and Liverpool still looming around the corner.


Match Review by Patrick Alexander