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Villa’s Bright Future Gambled For An Untested Shiny Name & It’s All Gone To Arsenal – Match Stats

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Following another inept and totally devoid of ideas defeat for Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa side at the weekend, we had an easy trip to the Emirates Stadium to face a newly rejuvenated Arsenal – who currently top the Premier League table under Mikel Arteta – for tonight’s fixture.

With a return to 433 and otherwise extremely predictable selections, everyone knew it was only a matter of time, and plenty would’ve been surprised to see us last half an hour before the ball in seemed to dink of Ezri Konsa, and managed to wrong foot Emi Martinez just enough for him to parry it straight to Gabriel Jesus.

Arsenal were in total control and in amongst the chorus of ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ anyone not joining in was simply hoping it wouldn’t turn into a cricket score. Had it not been for a wonder save from Martinez just ahead of the break, we’d have been going into the second half two behind.

Was that Steven Gerrgarde’s bad half? If it wasn’t, we might as well forfeit now.

With no changes at the break, we again had Martinez to thank for saving our blushes as he pulled off another class save from a free kick, but you could still sense the inevitable was coming as the players just looked totally lost, disheartened and dispirited.

With just under 20 being left on the clock, Douglas Luiz and Philippe Coutinho were introduced, and as if to make a point Luiz scored direct from a corner for the second time a minute later.

Gerrgarde isn’t that lucky though, three minutes later Arsenal restored their lead as they stepped back up another level having given us a relatively easy half – where we still achieved the square root of sweet FA. The corner was our third shot on target and taking a point from this would’ve been criminal given just how poor we again looked. Gerrard keeps implying the players need to step up, maybe he should do a better job of letting them know what they are supposed to be doing as most again looked like they were making it up on the spot.

2-1 final score, only Manchester City next. What could possibly go wrong?

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Arsenal
2 – 1
Aston Villa

Emirates Stadium

Premier League

31/08/2022 7:30 pm

Attendance: 60012

Referee: Robert Jones

Arsenal Aston Villa
Gabriel Jesus (30), Martinelli (77) Douglas Luiz (74)
Ramsdale Martinez
White 64 Cash
Saliba
 
Konsa
 
Gabriel Mings
Tierney Digne
Saka 88 J Ramsey
 
Sambi Lokonga Kamara 83
Xhaka McGinn
 
73
Martinelli Bailey
Odegaard
 
81 Watkins
Gabriel Jesus 88 Buendia 73

Substitutes

Smith Rowe 81 Douglas Luiz 73
Nketiah 88 Ings 83
Holding 88 Chambers
Cedric Soares Augustinsson
Tomiyasu 64 Young
Ferreira Vieira Coutinho 73
Oliveira Alencar Olsen
Turner Archer
Smith Iroegbunam

Game Statistics

22 Goal attempts 4
9 On Target 3
10 Corners 3
10 Fouls 14
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
60 % 40

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  • Colin says:

    Only one answer Gerrard has to go now. Second bottom now and that’s what we deserve and if a major change doesn’t happen that’s probably where we will stay. It’s completely unacceptable

    • Rob Frost says:

      Worse thing is, we’ve waited till the window is effectively shut. No coach could get a winning team from this Villa squad.

      Expensive rubbish right through the whole squad with very few players worth keeping

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