|10||Emile Smith Law|
|９→８||Lacazette → Martin Oudegaard|
|23→15||Lokonga → Ainsley Maitland-Niles|
|14→35||Aubameyang → Gabriel Martinelli|
|Aston Villa Stamen|
|16→31||Tuanzebe → Leon Bailey|
|10→41||Buendia → Jacob Ramsey|
|20→21||Ings → Anwar El Ghazi|
In this article we take a look back at the ninth game of the Premier League season between Arsenal and Aston Villa. We’ll be providing in-depth analysis and commentary on each of the turning points that separated the game. Whether you watched the game or not, you’ll find something to enjoy here!
Pre-match analysis: Arsenal’s goal-scorer starts
With Arsenal drawing for the second game in a row and Aston Villa losing for the second game in a row, both teams were looking for their first win in three games.
Arsenal manager Arteta brought in Tavares at left-back with Tierney out injured, and Sambi Lokonga in place of Martin Uddegaard, who had struggled in the previous game. And Lacazette, who scored the equaliser in the last game, made his first Premier League start of the season.
Aston Villa will be looking to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at Wolverhampton. The match will also be the return of goalkeeper Martinez to his old club.
Arsenal were always in control of the game
t was Arsenal who took the lead in the first half. The first half was dominated by Arsenal, who pressed hard from the outset and played the ball efficiently through their strikers Rokonga and Parti. Lacazette, making his first Premier League start of the season, found his feet up top and Arsenal took complete control of the game.
Then, in the 23rd minute of the first half, the game changed. A corner kick was headed home by Parti. A corner kick was headed home by Partie and Arsenal took the lead. Then, in the last minute of the first half, Lacazette was brought down in the area and awarded a penalty. Aubameyang headed home the rebound to give Arsenal a 2-0 lead at the break.
Aston Villa started the second half with Bailly replacing Tuanzebe. Aston Villa started the second half with Tuanzebe replaced by Bailey, with the right wing-back Cash moving to right centre-back and Bailey moving to right wing-back. However, Aston Villa dominated possession but were unable to mount an effective attack for the next ten minutes. Smith Rowe finished off a counter-attack to give Arsenal the lead. Smith Rowe finished off a counter-attack to give Arsenal the third and decisive goal of the game.
Ramsey pulled one back in the 82nd minute with a neat curling shot into the top right corner, but the fightback was short-lived. Arsenal held on for their first three points in three games.
Key moment 1: The battle between Gabriel and Watkins at the start of the first half
The key moment of the game came early in the game. Immediately after the kick-off of the first half, the left wing-back target passed the ball to the back of the Arsenal defence. Watkins latched onto the ball and tried to get in behind the Arsenal defence. However, Arsenal centre-back Gabriel blocked Watkins with his body. Arsenal’s goalkeeper, Ramsdale, was on hand to catch the ball and save the day. Then Watkins, frustrated, pushed Gabrieleu over. It was a foul that could have warranted a yellow card, but after some fierce protests from the Arsenal players, Watkins was shown a yellow card.
It was not long after the start of the game, but it would have a huge impact on the game.
The first was the criteria for the yellow card. Aston Villa are very good at forcing their opponents to lose their freedom by checking too hard. But when Watkins was yellow-carded early in the first half, the referees were forced to look harder and harder. This allowed Arsenal to play more vertical passes up front and attack more smoothly.
Secondly, it gave Gabriel more confidence. In fact, Watkins is Arsenal’s best player, having scored three goals in two games against Arsenal last season. And Gabriel started both of those games. Gabrieleu, who started both of those games, must have been a little uncomfortable with Watkins. But in the opening minutes of the game, he defended well against Watkins. The Brazilian defender had a lot of confidence, and he looked frustrated with his defence. It must have given the Brazilian defender a lot of confidence.
It was a simple incident, but the fact that Watkins couldn’t get a goal afterwards, or even do his usual post work and finishing, shows that the attack between Gabriele and Watkins had a big impact on the game.
Point 2: Lacazette up top
The second thing that affected the game was Lacazette’s starting position. The second thing that affected the game was the inclusion of Lacazette in the starting line-up, or to be more precise, the inclusion of Lacazette in the starting line-up.
The French forward came on during the last game against Crystal Palace and scored a dramatic late equaliser to save his side. Lacazette was expected to start, but what surprised the fans was the way he was used. In the past, Lacazette was mainly used as a centre forward. The French forward is used to playing in midfield, receiving wedge passes and spreading the ball around. However, too much time in the middle of the park has led to him not being in the box when he needs to be. And most problematic of all, playing Lacazette at centre-forward meant that Aubameyang, one of the team’s best scorers, had to be used on the left wing. This meant that Lacazette had to be left out of the starting line-up.
However, in this game Arteta managed to get the best out of Lacazette by playing him up top.
And with Lacazette up top, Smith Rowe, who had been used in that position, moved to the left wing. The young midfielder, who is not a pure winger, is now on the inside. Tavares, who like Lacazette had been selected for the starting line-up, made a number of effective overlaps and was able to send in some good crosses. In fact, Tavares’ overlap led to the first goal of the game, a corner kick.
Lacazette’s presence in the starting line-up has not only made a difference in attack, but also in defence. Lacazette played a switch role, pressing from the front when the opposing defenders had the ball. The press was effective from the first half and helped Arsenal take control of the game.
Lacazette, who had been running around defending and attacking, hobbled off in the 68th minute. He was applauded by the Arsenal supporters and went back to the bench.
Point 3: Who will get the next goal?
The last point is which team scored the next goal at the start of the second half.
At the start of the second half, Aston Villa substituted winger Bailey for centre-back Tuanzebe. It worked, as Aston Villa pushed Arsenal hard in the early stages of the second half. Aston Villa had a great chance in the 46th minute when Buendia flicked a pass into the back of the defence. In the 46th minute, Buendia flicked the ball behind the defence and Watkins latched onto the ball to shoot, but Ramsdell was there to save. In the 51st minute, Buendia received the ball on the flank and sent in a negative cross. Ings received the ball in the penalty area and swung his right foot at it, but White made a desperate block. Aston Villa then had a couple of chances to score, but they failed to do so.
Then Arsenal had a chance. Smith Rowe cut the ball back to Tavares, who slotted the ball home. Aubameyang flicked it on and Smith Rowe dribbled long before finishing with his right foot for Arsenal’s third goal.
It was a game of two halves, with Aston Villa failing to capitalise on their chances and Arsenal making the most of theirs. It was the third goal that decided the game. Aston Villa pulled one back at the end of the second half, and it could have been very different if they had hit back early.