OUTGUNNED: ARSENAL 2 – ASTON VILLA 1

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The home side made the better start at the subdued Emirates, with Wilshere making the most of a poor back pass and racing towards the goal, only to shoot straight at Guzan.

Cazorla gave the moaning home fans reason to cheer in the sixth minute when his curling effort found its way past Guzan after Baker had blocked the Spaniard’s first shot.

Lambert was animated on the touchline and Villa responded: N’Zogbia tore down the right and pulled the ball back for Agbonlahor but Szczesny was there to make the save. Not to be deterred, the Frenchman galloped down the wing moments later but Agbonlahor was unable to keep pace with his team-mate and arrived too late to meet N’Zogbia’s cross.

Villa kept going forward and it took a last-gasp tackle from Vermaelen to deny Lowton after he nut-megged Diaby.

Arsenal’s passing was slack but Villa didn’t capitalise, seemingly in awe of the London side at times.

Arsenal had a chance to double their lead just before the break through Giroud but, thankfully, Guzan made the all-important save.

After the break, the Gunners were the dominant side, throwing men forward. This, however, left them vulnerable at the back and Weimann broke down the right, crossing for Agbonlahor, who headed wide.

Ramsey replaced the injured Diaby and added more sting to the home side – until Jenkinson’s failed clearance allowed Weimann to make a blazing 45 yard run and to beat Szczesny with a fairly feeble shot, levelling the game.

Benteke soon had a chance to grab another goal when he found himself in plenty of space but Mertesacker threw himself between the Belgian and the back post to deny Villa’s number 20.

An under-pressure Wenger brought Podolski on for Jenkinson and the team piled the pressure on Villa’s defence, getting lots of balls into the box. Guzan made a solid, close range save to deny Giroud but the home side continued to pile forward. As so often happens when Arsenal and Villa meet, the fans were treated to a late goal, which this afternoon was to decide the game. With mere minutes remaining, Cazorla converted an inswinging ball from Monreal to secure all three points for his team.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Shame we didn’t hold on for the draw but Arsenal’s 2nd was coming for most of the 2nd half TBF. Saying that hey were far from their best and we missed plenty of half decent chances to punish them ourselves and we simply cannot afford to do that when we’re fighting to stay in the top flight.

    11 games to go and it’s going to be tight lads.

  2. made it too easy for them to open us up,early on especially. Could have done with Vlaar & Bent today,they always seem to get injured just as we look like we can press on & start bagging the vital points for survival.

    Atkinson made some weird decisions today,always does when reffing us.

  3. still some positives to take from the game, shame we couldnt hold on for the draw, Lamberts subs deffently showed that he was going after all 3, bringin on both Dawkins and KEA. Ronnie was a big miss at the back but we seem to be improving slowly with more consistency to our play. Well done ladz.

  4. So many empty seats at the Emirates + today was the day to go at them + make them sweat but another late goal did for us. Why am I surprised? Bet we concede more in the last 15/20 minutes of games than any other team, seems like it anyway. Gifted them an early goal through a total lack of defending + showed them too much respect. Needed game changers on the bench today + didn’t have any. What little experience we had on the pitch needed to be sharper,Gabby missed a couple + 1 was a sitter if ever there was 1. Benteke was well off his best. Glad to see Weimann score, he ran himself into the ground to make up for allowing Cazorla that 1st goal.

    • Bang on, bet we have the worst record for letting in late goals in the prem. Must be some stats out there, anybody?? Looked decent on the counter but same old story of wasting chances, hope Gabby and Ciaran are at BH right now. City will be more clinical than the Cockney boys were yesterday and could punish us badly – and with the state of our goal difference we all know we can’t afford to take another battering.

  5. We have conceded 14 in the last 15 minutes of games and 24 in the last 30 minutes this season, with a total of 36 goals conceded in second halves.

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