Whatever the reason for Aston Villa’s seriously below par performance against West Ham United the other week, there can be no doubting that we were more back to our best when we faced off against Arsenal at the weekend at Villa Park.
There were plenty of stand out performances in the game but I’d imagine there was a large consensus amongst fans that either goalkeeper Emi Martinez or centre half Tyrone Mings were favoured as Man of the Match.
I’d covered the performances of both over the last few days and on Monday evening BBC pundit Garth Crooks named each of them in his Team of the Week feature.
Whilst Crooks seemed more obsessed at wittering on about Arsenal instead of talking about Mings, it was a fairly decent write up for Martinez.
“The free-kick from Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka was always going to be dangerous. Martinez had seen his former team-mate convert them from this distance before. But the Aston Villa goalkeeper’s save was excellent. Martinez had a fair way to travel to get to the shot, which was heading for the top right-hand corner, but moved his feet brilliantly to get to the ball. The Argentine has been outstanding for Villa this season, with the exception of the recent game against West Ham, when I thought he might have done a little better. Nevertheless, Liverpool’s Alisson has shown that even the best goalkeepers can have bad days.”
Whilst there’s nothing earth shattering in his TotW piece, with Martinez being named, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to watch that save back (from a new angle) and brighten up what has otherwise been a cold, snowy and pretty miserable Tuesday.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) February 8, 2021