Aston Villa vs. Arsenal: Ollie Watkins hands Gunners back-to-back defeats


Aston Villa edge past depleted Arsenal side by 1-0 on Saturday afternoon and move eighth in the Premier League.

Following Bernd Leno’s suspension, former Brighton goalkeeper Matt Ryan made his debut in the goal for the Gunners, but the Australian goalie failed to make an instant impact as Ollie Watkins put Villa ahead inside opening 2 minutes.

On the other hand, former Arsenal goalkeeper continued to tease his former club with an excellent save from Granit Xhaka’s free-kick.

Ryan kept Arsenal in the game with a couple of splendid saves to deny Jack Grealish and John McGinn. The visitors enjoyed a healthy possession after conceding and created more chances especially through Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, but Mings and Matty Cash defensive contribution kept the scoreline to 1-0.

The second successive defeat means that Mikel Arteta’s men dropped down to tenth and the North Londoners may finish the game week outside top 10 if Leeds win their game in hand against Crystal Palace.

Managers’ Reaction:

Dean Smith

“It was a real hard-working performance. We’ve got the quality to score goals but that was more like us – a real dogged display against a good offensive team.”

Mikel Arteta

“We gave them the goal and another three big chances. We created more than enough openings but when we had to score a goal we didn’t find the right pass or the right shot. We should have won the game comfortably.”

Aston Villa Vs Arsenal - Match Details

Watkins has four goals in his past five top-flight appearances.
Watkins has four goals in his past five top-flight appearances.

A DIFFERENT LIGALIVE STORY?

Emerson to PSG? Barcelona set asking price for Paris Saint-Germain transfer target
Emerson to PSG? Barcelona set asking price for Paris Saint-Germain transfer target
Andre Silva to Barcelona: Ronald Koeman’s side are ‘interested’ in Man Utd transfer target
Andre Silva to Barcelona: Ronald Koeman’s side are ‘interested’ in Man Utd transfer target
Willian to leave Arsenal? Gunners are interested in his potential replacement
Willian to leave Arsenal? Gunners are interested in his potential replacement
Will Luis Suarez return to Liverpool?
Will Luis Suarez return to Liverpool? Reports coming out of Spain claim he might

A win for the Reds on Sunday will take them within three points to the leaders Man City
A win for the Reds on Sunday will take them within three points to the leaders Man City

LIgalivenet Premium-Services

CLOSELOOKNET

The dossier site. Global content for global people. Top content for top subjects.

LIGALIVEPLUS

I’d like to invite you to become Ligaliveplus member. Getting smarter, being entertained, spotting deals. Coming soon.

AKTE BUNDESLIGA

Dossiers for lover and hater. Triumphs, tragedies, embarrassments, victories of all Bundesliga clubs.