EPL: Watkins strikes beforehand as Aston Villa sink Arsenal

On Saturday, Arsenal jumped into second successive Premier League defeat as Ollie Watkins, early goal retained Aston Villa to 1-0 win. At Villa Park just after 74 seconds Mikel Arteta’s side fell behind and were unable to summon a convincing response.

On Tuesday, Arsenal lost at Wolves and now have gone three league games without a victory.

The Gunners are moping in the tenth spot, nine focuses loose of the main four as their faint expectations of Champions League capability look less sensible continuously.

At the point when Arsenal confronted Villa in November, they suffered a lacklustre 3-0 defeat that sent them sliding towards the assignment zone.

In spite of the fact that Arsenal had figured out how to claw their way back up to the table, eight-place Villa once again showed the flaws that still plague Arteta’s men.

Arsenal, badly lacking a cutting edge,  have scored recently once in their last three matches and hold a deadly failure to remain centered at the back.

Since 2014, Villa took the lead with their earliest Premier League goal, supported by some woeful protecting from the Gunners.

Arsenal’s Cedric Soares gave the ball away and Bertrand Taore crossed to the plain Watkins, whose shot went in through diversion off Rob Holding.

At the point when Villa safeguard Ezri Konsa and Arsenal striker Alexzander Lacazette conflicted heads, it looked like the Premier League’s new blackout substitute guideline may be utilized unexpectedly, yet the pair were at last ready to play on.

With Bernd Leno suspended, Mat Ryan was showing up in objective for Arsenal subsequent to joining borrowed from Brighton.

Ryan did well to keep out Traore’s short proximity chip before Gabriel impeded Ross Barkley’s subsequent exertion.

Villa had won 10 of the 11 group games in which they had scored the main objective this season. They were back on the top toward the beginning of the subsequent half and John McGInn’s impact was saved by Ryan.

Barkley terminated only over after a fine run from Jack Grealish opened up the Arsenal safeguard.

Back in the squad for the second progressive game after his mother’s illness, Arsenal commander Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fell off the seat with 30 minutes left.

The Gabon forward couldn’t change over Nicolas Pepe’s cross as Martinez beat him to it with an out-extended hand. Pepe was Arsenal’s solitary brilliant sparkle and the Ivorian’s low strike constrained Martinez to save with his feet.

Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard, on as a substitute, wasted a late opportunity to adjust when the on-credit Real Madrid midfielder crushed over from the edge of the region.


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