Watkins’ early strike sees Aston Villa dump Arsenal.

Watkins’ early strike sees Aston Villa dump Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta’s side has faced another tricky away test in the premier league against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

Ollie Watkins’ second minute deflected strike was enough to help the hosts recover from a mid week loss against WestHam.

Mat Ryan, the debutant was at his best to deny other efforts from the goal scorer as well as Ross Barkley, Jack Freakish, Bertrand Traore and John McGinn as villa totalled eight shots on target compared to their three.

Mat Ryan was at his best against Aston Villa

The visitors saw their first chance through Granit Xhaka’s free kick being palmed away by Martinez in early first half.

Arteta’s introduction of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Martin Odegaard and Willian from the bench was not enough for the visitors to hunt for an equaliser.

Two defeats in five days means Arsenal could end the weekend as low as 13th, and as many as eight points off a European spot. A 1-0 win against arsenal has seen Aston Villa climb to eighth on the log.

On 13 February, Aston Villa trip to Brighton as Arsenal entertain Leeds United at Emirates stadium on the following day.




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