Arsenal football club went into the match with three successive victories in all competitions and was expected to bury the former second-placed team at the Emirate Stadium. Unfortunately for Arteta and his boys, the reverse was the case. Aston Villa came more prepared and hungrier for a victory.
Arsenal first got into trouble after the club’s star Bukayo Saka scored an own goal in the 25th minute to give the visitors a first-half lead. Before then, the Video Assistant Referee rescued Arsenal by disallowing John McGinn’s goal in the early minutes of the game.
Afterward, Arsenal tried to get back into the match but it was Aston Villa that looked more promising throughout the first half. The little chances Arsenal managed to create were not utilized by the Gunners attack led by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The match dragged on until in the 72nd minute before Aston Villa was able to double their lead through the boots of Ollie Watkins. Within three minutes after Aston Villa’s second goal, Watkins made it three to make it impossible for Arsenal to stage any form of a comeback.
At the end of 90 minutes, the match ended 0-3 in favor of Aston Villa which was enough to lift Villa to the 6th spot on the league table and push Arsenal to the 11th spot.
Outstanding away performance from everyone . It was good to be back the Emirates ❤️ Clean sheet ✅ 3 points ✅. Increíble partido de todo el equipo , fue lindo volver al Emirates @avfcofficial pic.twitter.com/vkJ8m5uDK7— Emi Martínez (@emimartinezz1) November 8, 2020
In reaction to the bitter defeat, Mikel Arteta congratulated Aston Villa and lambasted the way his team played, saying that Arsenal did not play as a team.
“I didn’t see the spirit for the first time – and it’s my fault as that’s why I’m here”, Said Arteta after the match. “Today I’ve not managed to get the team to play at the highest level as we need to every three days.
“I’m struggling to find the reason but there was something there today. They wanted it more than us. If you can’t defend your box, it’s a complicated way to win football matches.
“We need to be more ruthless but today it was about how we went about the job and who we were as a team. I didn’t like it from the first whistle when we got away with the goal and then afterward. It just wasn’t good enough.”
💬 "It's the first time that I've felt that we performed really under our standards and what we are trying to set at this football club. It's unacceptable."— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 8, 2020
Strong words from the boss.
Arsenal will return to action against Leeds United on November 22, few days after the FIFA international break. Mikel Arteta would hope that Arsenal will improve when they play their 9th league game of the season. Currently, Arsenal have lost four league games and won four out of 8 games.