|Bukayo Saka breezes past Douglas Luiz and Emiliano Buendia in Arsenal's 1-0 win at Villa Park on Saturday. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)
Arsenal improved their hold on the fourth spot in the premier league with an impressive performance in their 1-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.
Gerrard was full of praise for the good works Mikel Arteta is doing at Arsenal
in his pre-match interview as well as the hierarchy of the club for giving him
enough time to implement his ideas, the Arsenal manager also praised Gerrard
for turning things around at Villa following the sack of Dean Smith.
three changes to his starting line up, former Arsenal defender Callum Chambers
was sidelined by injuries, Ezri Konsa came in for him, Ashley Young replaced
Lucas Digne and Emiliano Buendia came in for Danny Ings.
a very big call in goal, Aaron Ramsdale injured his hip against Liverpool and
Bernd Leno came in for the first time since conceding five against Manchester
City in August; Gabriel Martinelli missed out due to illness, Emile Smith Rowe
came in for him.
quick out of the blocks. Emiliano Martinez had to bail out his Konsa as he
nearly scored an own goal, Bukayo Saka danced round the Villa defense and set
up Smith Rowe but the youngster blazed over with the goal gapping.
the lead not long afterwards. Saka’s short freekick to Cedric Soares landed in
the box and ricocheted out to Saka who fired a low shot past sea of legs in
front of Martinez, it was Arsenal’s 2000th league goal in the
didn’t have a single shot on goal throughout the first half, the last time that
happened to them in the league was at the Emirates against Arsenal in the
autumn, just before Dean Smith got fired and the subsequent arrival of the
former Rangers manager.
half saw better works from the hosts, the introduction of Bertrand Traore and
Leon Bailley injected life into the Villa team. For all their renewed energy,
they didn’t have a single shot on target until the last minute of the game.
dominated the game from start to finish, and in the moment of uncertainty, they
defended deep and shut Villa out, what they lacked in the absence of Ramsdale,
they made up for it with compact possession based football.
now four points clear of Manchester United and have played one game less than
the Old Trafford outfit.