Arsenal controlled the game in the first half. A number of opportunities were obtained by the team nicknamed the Gunners.
Arsenal’s efforts paid off in the 30th minute. Bukayo Saka managed to break into the Aston Villa goal which was guarded by Emiliano Martinez.
Aston Villa tried to press Arsenal in the second half. However, the efforts of Philippe Coutinho et al. always fail. The host also had to give up the visitors’ advantage.
This victory makes Arsenal more patent in the top four Premier League. The Gunners are also approaching Chelsea who are in third place.
Arsenal won 54 points from 28 matches. The Gunners managed to cut the distance with Chelsea to five points.
Arsenal are also able to maintain consistency. The Gunners have only lost once in the last seven games. The rest, Granite Xhaka cs. able to sweep away the victory.
ARSENAL took a big step towards Champions League qualification with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Aston Villa.
The Gunners took the lead at the half hour mark when Bukayo Saka’s effort traveled through several legs and snuck past Emi Martinez’s dive.
Steven Gerrard‘s team looked for an equalizer in the second half, Ollie Watkins’s deflected shot hitting the post.
But Arsenal held on comfortably to clinch all three points and record six wins from seven games for Mikel Arteta’s men.
They now hold a four-point lead over Manchester United in the battle for the final Champions League spot, with West Ham and Tottenham two further behind.
It was the perfect start for Arteta’s team at Villa Park as they prevailed with the front foot from the opening whistle.
Saka caused all kinds of trouble for Ashley Young down Villa’s left, hitting Smith Rowe, who swerved wide.
But the Gunners finally found the breakthrough when Saka’s instinctive shot was spotted late by Martinez and the Argentine couldn’t help it.
Villa were unable to bother Bernd Leno in the first half, with the German replacing the injured Aaron Ramsdale.
And they didn’t register a shot on goal until Philippe Coutinho forced a save from Leno in stoppage time.
Watkins got closer midway through the second period when his effort deflected off Ben White and hit the outside of the post.