– Ollie Watkins’ goal early on was enough to see off Arsenal, who succumbed to a second straight defeat
– The Gunners chased majority of the game after going behind in the second minute
– Defeat leaves Arteta’s men in 10th place, but they could slip lower depending on the results of the weekend
Arsenal succumbed to a second successive defeat in the Premir League after succumbing to a lowly 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday, February 6.
Villa striker Ollie Watkins scored the only goal in the game 755 seconds into the game to help his side complete the double over Mikel Arteta’s men.
Arsenal looked to bounce back to winning ways after their controversial defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers but they got off to the worst possible start.
A defensive mix up saw the Bertrand Traore in on the flanks as the Burkina Faso winger fed the ball to Watkins who made no mistake as he bagged his third goal in as many games.
The Gunners, were on the back foot from then, but the goal sparked them to life as they chased an equaliser.
The visitors’ best chance came midway through the first half when Granit Xhaka forced a brilliant save off Emiliano Martinez from a goal-bound free kick.
Villa were fairly comfortable after taking the lead and did not mind sitting back and attempting to hit Arsenal on the counter.
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Arteta introduced Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in the second half in the place of Alexandre Lacazette in the hopes of turning the game around but the Gabon international was not in his best form.
Regardless, Arsenal were a much improved side as they attacked with more intent after the break but their former player Emiliano Martinez was in inspired form on the day.
Villa also had some spells of resolute defending as Tyrone Mings blocked Emile-Smith Rowe’s effort while Bukayo Saka was also denied by Matty Cash.
In the end, despite sustained pressure from Arsenal, Villa held on for the win which moved them to eighth on the log.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how German professional footballer Shkodran Mustafi finally left Premier League side Arsenal for a return to his country joining Schalke 04 on a free transfer from the Emirates stadium.
Since Spaniard Mikel Arteta took over as Arsenal gaffer, Mustafi found it difficult to break into the first team which forced him out of the Premier League side.
The 28-year-old wants to keep his place in the German national senior team and getting active playing time elsewhere will be the panacea for him.