Arsenal’s Premier League championship pursuit continues with their thrilling win at Kenilworth Road in midweek, and their next test comes at Villa Park. Manchester City have just suffered a loss at the same stadium, which has both aided the Gunners and delivered a sharp reminder of the struggle they face.
Mikel Arteta made one alteration from the victory over Luton Town. Oleksandr Zinchenko replaces Jakub Kiwior.
Aston Villa took an early lead thanks to John McGinn’s turn and shot, which beat David Raya. Arsenal attempted to equalise, and Gabriel Martinelli’s strike was cleared off the line.
Just after the hour, Saka ran through and stole the ball past Martnez before tapping into an empty net, but he was just offside.
Havertz also celebrated what he believed was an equaliser in the 90th minute, but the ball struck the German’s arm before he scored, much to Villa’s relief as they held on for another important three points.
Eddie Nketiah’s late opportunity was headed over the bar, as Arsenal lost their second Premier League game of the season. They created several opportunities during the game, but they were insufficient to earn a victory.
Villa are unquestionably a contender for these top spots, having defeated both Manchester City and Arsenal. Arteta will be in the technical area and out of the stands as they prepare to face Brighton next week.