ASTON VILLA GAIN ANOTHER CASUALTY
Aston Villa seem to be having one of their best run of form in recent times as the Midland outfit proved too good for Arsenal. Yes, Villa have done it again and this time Arsenal were on the receiving end of another fine display. We all still remember their 7-2 demolition of current champions Liverpool (of course we do, it’s definitely still fresh in the memory) and are we surprised by the outcome at the Emirates?
There will be many Arsenal supporters and fans who will lay blame on certain players for their poor performance. Just the other month, there was talk of Arsenal competing for the title after the acquisition of Partey (not that anyone is blaming him for the lose). However, yesterday’s match clearly shows that one player cannot solve the problem of 11 individuals. Arsenal create chances but they are wasteful in front of goal. The Arsenal Manager Arteta has publicly taken responsibility for their defeat (I guess it’s the old ‘deflective tactic’) but in fairness, the buck stops with the players.
Having beaten Manchester United last week, Arteta would have hoped his team would use that as a base in which to build from. However, Villa had other ideas. Dean Smith’s side were out of the blocks early and found the net in the 1st first minute of play after John McGinn smashed the ball home from close range only for the goal to be ruled out by VAR for offside (shocking decision). However, Villa were soon gifted another goal after Saka’s outstretched leg hit the ball in the back of the net in the 25th minute, having been put under pressure by Trezeguet. Lacazette missed a glorious opportunity to bring Arsenal level but headed over the bar (no surprises there then).
Aston Villa dominated much of the game and effectively out worked the Arsenal midfield (it’s crazy to imagine that this same team only just escaped relegation last season). As the game progressed it was just a matter of time before Villa added another goal because let’s be honest, Arsenal really struggled to find their feet. Watkins grabbed his first goal of the game through a diving header in the 72nd minute before adding a second 3 minutes later. Villa captain, Grealish was in scintillating form alongside Barkley as they continued to cause problems for the Arsenal defence. The game ended 3-0 to Aston Villa who are now 6th in the table whilst Arsenal drop down to 11th and will have plenty of thinking and regrouping to do during the international break.
Elsewhere, Manchester City played host to Liverpool at the Etihad in what was one of the best football games you’re going to see this season. Both teams had one thing in mind, attack, attack, attack. It was a brilliant spectacle for all neutral fans as both teams attacked from end to end. The game definitely deserved more goals than the final result which ended as a 1-1 draw. City captain, De Bruyne also missed a penalty.
Spurs continue marching towards the summit as they gained another hard fought 3 points against West Brom. Kane with the only goal of the game as the win will no doubt be pleasing to Tottenham Manager Mourinho in their quest for a first title (I am sure it will happen). Manchester United beat Everton away 3-1 (someone’s job is still safe for now hehehe!!), Crystal Palace won 4-1 against Leeds (Eze with a brilliant free kick and his first goal for Palace), Chelsea beat bottom of the table Sheffield United 4-1 at home, West Ham won at the London Stadium 1-0 against Fulham as Lookman’s poor panenka penalty cost his team a draw (that was disgusting!!). Southampton beat Newcastle 2-0 at home (the Saints were top of the table for all of 24 hours, then again Spurs were top for 37 minutes, hahahaha!!) and Brighton and Burnley had a goalless draw.