Arsenal vs Aston Villa (31/08/2022)

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa (31/08/2022)


Mikel Arteta

First Eleven
32 Aaron Ramsdale
4 Ben White  
04 William Saliba
06 Gabriel Magalhães
03 Kieran Tierney
23 Sambi Lokonga
29 Granit Xhaka
11 Martin Ødegaard   
87 Bukayo Saka  
09 Gabriel Jesus   
35 Gabriel Martinelli  
30 Matt Turner
55 Emile Smith Rowe  
62 Edward Nketiah  
16 Rob Holding  
17 Cédric Soares
18 Tomiyasu  
21 Fábio Vieira
27 Marquinhos
57 Matt Smith

Emirates Stadium

End of Match
29' Gabriel Jesus
76' Gabriel Martinelli
74' Douglas Luiz
F-T Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa
90+5' "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie" rings around the Emirates.

The forward makes another long run forward and he goes for goal from range, but he fires over the crossbar.

Another few precious seconds wasted for the home side.
90+2' Nketiah and the Arsenal fans want a foul deep in Villa territory but the referee waves away the appeals as Villa bring the ball away.
90' WIDE!
Martinelli tries his luck from distance but he drags his low shot well wide of the target.
88' Holding and Nketiah replace Saka and Jesus.
87' SAVE!

Bailey now tests Ramsdale direct from a corner.

The ball is heading towards goal, but Ramsdale gets a fist to the ball to punch clear.
84' Ings replaces Kamara.
80' SUB! A change for the hosts as Odegaard is replaced by Smith Rowe.
76' GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa (Martinelli, 76')
And that is what Arsenal have done all season! They've found a response to setbacks!

Saka's cross picks out Martinelli at the far post, and the Brazilian's strike hits the target.
74' GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa (Luiz, 74)
73' SAVE! That's much better from Villa!

Ramsey drives forward before sliding the ball through for Bailey.

The winger gets a shot away and Ramsdale is forced into action as he tips the ball over the crossbar.
68' OUCH! YELLOW! McGinn goes in forcefully on Odegaard and he catches the Arsenal skipper on the ankle with his studs.

That's a booking for the Villa captain.
67' It has been all Arsenal so far tonight, but while the score is still 1-0, Aston Villa remain firmly in this game...
64' White is replaced by Tomiyasu.
64' Offside, Aston Villa. Jacob Ramsey tries a through ball, but Matty Cash is caught offside.
55' SAVE!

Odegaard whips the ball over the wall and towards the top corner.

It looks to be heading wide but Martinez flings himself across to tip the ball wide of the upright.

Jesus spins Konsa with ease and the Villa defender drags the Brazilian back to pick up a booking.

Arsenal have a free kick on the edge of the penalty area...

Arsenal go short before Martinelli picks out Saka on the edge of the penalty area.

The forward takes a touch before getting a shot away, but the strike is well blocked by the visitors.
49' Aston Villa look to get something going down their right but a mix up between Cash and Bailey sees the ball run out for a goal kick to the hosts.
46' Second Half begins...
H-T Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa
45' Attempt saved.

Kieran Tierney left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
43' SAVE!

A warning for Arsenal as Ramsdale gets his first test...

Cash's cross reaches Buendia, who sweeps the ball towards goal.

Luckily for Arsenal, the strike is straight at Ramsdale, who makes the save.
Arsenal captain Odegaard goes into the book for a tactical foul in the middle of the park on Watkins.
39' CLOSE!
The Arsenal fans enjoyed that!

Saka puts Martinez under pressure and he gets a block in with the ball almost going into the back of the net.

A let off for the visitors.
37' Jesus is still causing plenty of problems for the Villa defence.

This time he wins a header up against Konsa, and he flicks the ball on into space.

However, on this occasion, no Arsenal player was on his wavelength and Villa were able to clear.
29' GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa (Jesus, 29')

Arsenal deservedly have the lead!

Martinelli's cross is deflected towards goal and Martinez keeps the ball out. However, he can only push it out into the path of Jesus, who powers home from close range.
28' CLOSE!
Gabriel gets his head to Saka's corner, but Villa get bodies in the way to make another crucial block.
25' Arsenal are all over the visitors at the moment. Villa are having to defend deep and pray that the hosts keep spurning their chances in front of goal.
23' WHAT A MISS! Aston Villa survive again!
The Brazilian crosses for Saka at the far post, but the England forward slices wide with the goal at his mercy.

Martinez was nowhere to be seen and Saka fired high and wide of the empty net.
21' Nothing comes of it but it is a lovely passage of passing from the home side as they work the ball from the back all the way to Odegaard in the Villa penalty area.
20' Lokonga tries to lift a ball behind the Villa defence down the right flank for White, but Digne does well to win possession and clear the danger.
17' Odegaard plays in Jesus who holds off his man and gets the shot away from the right side of the six-yard box. Martinez makes the save but it falls to Odegaard who has two attempts at it but they're both blocked. Desperate defending from the visitors.
14' Ramsey goes in hard with a big tackle and catches Martinelli with his follow through, he's a tad fortunate to escape with just a yellow card.
11' Gabriel stays up for the resulting corner and the ball falls to him kindly in the box but his shot is comfortably saved. Arsenal look on it.
10' SAVE!

Quick thinking from Arsenal as Odegaard clips a free kick over the top for Jesus.

The striker takes one touch before getting a shot away, but Martinez is there to make a smart block at his near post.

Villa loft the ball forward and win possession in and around the Arsenal penalty area.

They work the ball through to Buendia, who pokes the ball goalwards, but Ramsdale can safely watch the ball sail over the crossbar.
2' FOUL!
Digne lays down an early marker in this game with a hard challenge on Jesus.

Early free kick to the Gunners in the middle of the park.
1' First Half begins..
Arsenal Starting XI To Face Aston Villa: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney, Lokonga, Xhaka, Odegaard, Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

Aston Villa

Steven Gerrard

First Eleven
26 Emiliano Martínez
02 Matty Cash
15 Ezri Konsa Ngoyo  
40 Tyrone Mings
27 Lucas Digne
44 Boubacar Kamara  
7 John McGinn  
31 Leon Bailey
41 Jacob Ramsey  
10 Emi Buendía
11 Ollie Watkins
25 Robin Olsen
6 Douglas Luiz  
20 Danny Ings  
16 Calum Chambers
17 Ludwig Augustinsson
18 Ashley Young
23 Philippe Coutinho
51 Cameron Archer
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