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Arsenal unable to avoid narrow defeat away to Aston Villa (1-0)

Technical card:
Aston Villa: Emilano Martinez, Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett, Bertrand Traore (Trezeguet, min.66), Ross Barkley (Jacob Ramsey, min.77), John McGinn, Marvelous Nakamba, Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins
Arsenal: Mathew Ryan, Hector Bellerin, Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holding, Cedric Soares (Martin Odegaard, min.65), Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey (Willian, min.74), Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, min.59)
Stadium: Villa Park
Goals: Ollie Watkins (1-0, min. 2)

Villa enjoyed a mesmerising home victory against Arsenal at Villa Park on Saturday. Both sides arrived at the match from previous defeats in the league. Aston Villa were looking to get back winning ways after losing 3-1 to West Ham in their last match. Arsenal, on the other hand, were beaten 2-1 in the previous match against Wolverhampton Wanderers. As it stands, Aston Villa and Arsenal currently occupy 8th and 10th spots in the league, with 35 points and 31 points respectively after 23 matches.

Aston Villa opened the score, beginning with early goal from Ollie Watkins in the 2nd minute, finalising the first half with a 1-0. Both teams unable to deliver anything further, the score remained at 1-0 at full time.

For Aston Villa Trezeguet and Jacob Ramsey came on for Bertrand Traore and Ross Barkley, while The Arsenal brought on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Martin Odegaard and Willian to replace Alexandre Lacazette, Cedric Soares and Thomas Partey.

There were bookings for Ezri Konsa, Marvelous Nakamba and Jack Grealish from Villa and Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka for The Arsenal.

Aston Villa will next play Brighton & Hove Albion away, with Arsenal facing Leeds United at home.

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