Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal: Keeper Mat Ryan concedes 74 seconds into Gunners debut

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal: Keeper Mat Ryan concedes 74 seconds into Gunners debut

Aston Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez in action against Arsenal's Bukayo Saka
Emiliano Martinez has stored 11 clear sheets in 21 Premier League video games since becoming a member of Aston Villa from Arsenal for £17m in September

Goalkeeper Mat Ryan conceded 74 seconds into his debut for Arsenal as Aston Villa accomplished their first top-flight double over the Gunners for 28 years.

Former Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez began the transfer which led to Bertrand Traore pouncing on a mistake by Cedric Soares earlier than Ollie Watkins scored with a shot that deflected off Rob Holding.

Boyhood Gunners fan Ryan, signed on mortgage from Brighton in January and beginning rather than suspended first-choice keeper Bernd Leno, produced a tremendous save to disclaim Traore a purpose on his return to the Villa aspect.

Martinez annoyed his former membership additional when the Argentine produced a superb save to maintain out Granit Xhaka’s free-kick.

Villa transfer as much as eighth within the Premier League whereas Arsenal’s second successive defeat leaves them tenth.

Watkins strikes into double figures

Villa climbed above Tottenham and closed to inside three factors of fifth spot via Watkins’ tenth Premier League purpose since becoming a member of from Brentford for a membership report £28m in September.

Three of these objectives have been in opposition to Arsenal, the 25-year-old scoring two in Villa’s 3-0 win at Emirates Stadium in November.

After a barren run of video games and not using a purpose between November and January, there are clear indicators Watkins is warming to taking part in at the next degree.

In netting Villa’s earliest Premier League purpose since 2014, Watkins has 4 objectives in his previous 5 top-flight appearances after Cedric’s supposed go to Gabriel was approach too quick, permitting Traore to nip in and cross for the striker to attain.

This was Villa’s sixth sport in 18 days however there was little signal of fatigue as they labored onerous to return to profitable methods after being picked aside by West Ham on Wednesday.

John McGinn and Jack Grealish have been each denied by Ryan whereas Watkins compelled the brand new Arsenal keeper into two additional saves.

Burkina Faso ahead Traore introduced recent power after being a substitute on Wednesday, whereas Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings helped restrict Arsenal to a few makes an attempt on course.

Throughout a sustained interval of Arsenal stress, Mings did nicely to dam Emile Smith Rowe’s goal-bound try and Matty Money bought in the way in which of Bukayo Saka’s shot.

Lacklustre Arsenal

Arsenal as soon as once more struggled with out their inspirational ahead Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who began on the bench for the second successive sport.

Gabon striker Aubameyang has been absent in current weeks as a result of his mom has been in unwell well being.

For the reason that captain final began for his membership, the Gunners have gone out of the FA Cup and brought 4 factors from 4 video games within the league, the place they’re and not using a win in three.

Aubameyang got here on for the ultimate half-hour at Villa Park however, regardless of a spell of sustained stress in direction of the top, Mikel Arteta’s aspect failed to attain for the third time in 5 video games.

After scoring in opposition to Wolves on Tuesday, Nicolas Pepe wasted two good possibilities whereas Martinez saved nicely from Hector Bellerin. Substitute Martin Odegaard blazed a late likelihood over the bar.

Ryan, Arsenal’s fourth keeper of the season, recovered from conceding early to supply some good saves however Arteta’s aspect stay anchored in mid-table, 25 factors behind final season’s tally of 56 with 15 video games left.

What’s subsequent?

Each groups have a full week to organize for his or her subsequent Premier League matches. Aston Villa go to Brighton subsequent Saturday (20:00 GMT) and Arsenal host Leeds on Sunday, 14 February (16:30).

Participant of the match

MingsTyrone Mings

Aston Villa

  1. Squad quantity5Participant identifyMings

  2. Squad quantity11Participant identifyWatkins

  3. Squad quantity10Participant identifyGrealish

  4. Squad quantity18Participant identifyTargett

  5. Squad quantity2Participant identifyMoney

  6. Squad quantity26Participant identifyMartínez

  7. Squad quantity4Participant identifyKonsa

  8. Squad quantity19Participant identifyNakamba

  9. Squad quantity7Participant identifyMcGinn

  10. Squad quantity15Participant identifyTraoré

  11. Squad quantity17Participant identifyTrézéguet

  12. Squad quantity20Participant identifyBarkley

  13. Squad quantity41Participant identifyRamsey

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Aston Villa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Martínez
  • 2Money
  • 4KonsaBooked at 31mins
  • 5Mings
  • 18Targett
  • 7McGinn
  • 19NakambaBooked at 35mins
  • 15TraoréSubstituted forTrézéguetat 66′minutes
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forRamseyat 78′minutes
  • 10GrealishBooked at 90mins
  • 11Watkins


  • 1Heaton
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 17Trézéguet
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 22Engels
  • 25Sanson
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 39Davis
  • 41Ramsey


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Ryan
  • 2Bellerín
  • 16Holding
  • 6Gabriel
  • 17Cédric SoaresSubstituted forØdegaardat 65′minutes
  • 18ParteyBooked at 52minsSubstituted forWillianat 74′minutes
  • 34XhakaBooked at 90mins
  • 7Saka
  • 32Smith Rowe
  • 19Pépé
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forAubameyangat 59′minutes


  • 8Ceballos
  • 11Ødegaard
  • 12Willian
  • 13Rúnarsson
  • 14Aubameyang
  • 21Chambers
  • 22Marí
  • 25Elneny
  • 35Martinelli

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