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Aston Villa vs Arsenal highlights as Gunners move top of Premier League

Aston Villa vs Arsenal highlights as Gunners move top of Premier League

A stunning second-half Jorginho strike that bounced in off Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez and a late tap-in by Gabriel Martinelli rescued a comeback victory for Arsenal in stoppage time as the Gunners moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League at Villa Park.

Clinical strikes from Ollie Watkins and Philippe Coutinho had threatened to condemn the visitors to a second setback in three days following their defeat at home to Manchester City on Wednesday that handed top spot to the reigning champions.

Watkins glided past William Saliba and beat Aaron Ramsdale with a low drive after Matty Cash had dispossessed Oleksandr Zinchenko to open the scoring, only for Bukayo Saka to reply 11 minutes later with a splendid first-time half-volley from inside the penalty area.Aston Villa vs Arsenal highlights as Gunners move top of Premier League

Coutinho completed a slick Villa move to fire in his first goal of the season shortly after the half-hour mark – much to the likely glee of Manchester City, whose victory against their key title rivals had taken them to the summit on goal difference.

Villa head coach Unai Emery, who led Arsenal during a brief reign between 2018 and 2019, lost his unbeaten record against the Gunners during his managerial career despite a confident display from his side, who had lost 4-2 to Leicester City in their last home outing.

Arsenal had far more possession in dangerous areas but spent much of the game struggling to capitalise on their chances, with England defender Tyrone Mings – who signed a new deal at Villa Park on Friday – diverting a cross against his own crossbar in a vital last-ditch intervention from Ben White’s first-half cross.

Eddie Nketiah also hit the crossbar during the second half, looping a header on to the top of the frame of the goal from Ben White’s cross before Zinchenko drew his side level, and substitute Leon Bailey smashed a shot against the woodwork via Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale’s fingertips during the closing stages.

Aston Villa vs Arsenal highlights as Gunners move top of Premier League

1H 2H Final
Aston Villa 2 0 2
Arsenal 1 3 4

Goals: Aston Villa – Watkins (5), Coutinho (32)

Arsenal – Saka (16), Zinchenko (61), Martinez og (90+3), Martinelli (90+8)

Aston Villa vs Arsenal highlights as Gunners move top of Premier League
Aston Villa vs Arsenal highlights as Gunners move top of Premier League

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