Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa: Watkins penalizes the Gunners

Ollie Watkins ‘early goal proved the winner as Aston Villa beat Arsenal 1-0 at home – the Gunners’ second loss to the West Midlands in 5 days.

Watkins put Aston Villa forward within the second minute with a deflected shot past Arsenal starter Mat Ryan.

Former Gunners keeper Emiliano Martinez made some good saves to maintain Granit Xhaka’s free-kick within the first half and Nicolas Pepe’s effort after the break.

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Ryan additionally pulled off some first rate stops, together with denying Jack Grealish as Aston Villa pushed for a second goal late within the recreation.

On the different end, substitute Martin Odegaard fired an excellent chance over the bar as Arsenal slipped to a different loss, 4 days forward of Wolves’ 2-1 defeat.

Ryan, signed on loan from Brighton last month, and defender Gabriel Magalhaes entered the Arsenal beginning XI as substitutes for Bernd Leno and David Luiz, who had been suspended following their red playing cards in a match Wolves.

And just seconds into his first look, the Australian goalkeeper discovered himself overwhelmed as Bertrand Traore grabbed a free ball from Cedric Soares and laid a move to Watkins, whose shot went off Rob Holding.

It was Watkins’ tenth league goal of the season, and his fourth in 5 video games.

Because the guests looked for an answer, Martinez, who left Arsenal to join Villa in September, did well to come out to seize the ball earlier than Bukayo Saka might shoot.

After which Argentina made a great save to push Xhaka’s curling free-kick over the bar.

Subsequently, Holding sent two headers off target, both side of Traore having a blocked flick effort from Ryan, and Pepe tasted a shot from Villa’s goal width just earlier than the break.

Villa began the second half brightly, with Ross Barkley and Watkins bringing in saves from Ryan.

Barkley then fired a shot into the side net and John McGinn tried his luck from outside the field, with Ryan pushing the ball away.

Martinez claimed a strike from Hector Bellerin, earlier than Mikel Arteta opted to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Alexandre Lacazette and then Odegaard for Soares.

Aubameyang subsequently sent a tame header huge, and Martinez saved Pepe’s shot out together with his foot as Arsenal’s frustration continued.

Villa then threatened to double their benefit, with Grealish seeing a well-saved shot from Ryan and Watkins sending one huge.

Odegaard didn’t make probably the most of an excellent alternative within the 84th minute as he swept the ball over the bar, and then Ryan was blocked by Watkins once more.


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