Gabriel Martinelli’s 77th minute strike gave Arsenal the three points in a 2-1 win over visiting Aston Villa at the Emirates. It is the 4th time Arsenal would win all 5 opening matches of a Premier League season.
Arsenal took the lead in the 31st minute after Gabriel Jesus reacted quickest after Villa goalie Martinez failed to hold on to a Xhaka low cross. The lead didn’t come as a surprise as the Gunners were all over the Villians with the visitors breaking play with decisive fouls.
Douglas Luiz grabbed an equalizer in the 74th minute, scoring directly from a corner kick. It seems their was an obstruction to Ramsdale but the goal stood after VAR check.
This season’s Arsenal is different. They react to conceding goals very quickly and this time Martinelli smashed home the winner, three minutes after Villa’s equalizer.
Arsenal held on to the lead and could have made it 3-1 but Eddie Nketiah’s shot went over the bar. The striker came on for Jesus and did a good job keeping the pressure away from the Arsenal area.
Lokonga didn’t play badly. He was composed in possession. Saliba was Saliba while Tierney didn’t have the best of crosses. Vieira failed to make his debut today but with the injury concerns piling up, his day is coming.
Ben White was subbed off before Villa’s equalizer just after the hour mark. Arsenal fans would hope that the substitution wasn’t an injury forced one. Odegaard hopped off while Ramsdale needed medical attention on the pitch.
With the summer transfer window almost shut, the recent health situation in the squad is a concern for Mikel Arteta. The manager will need to get the best out of the “second” team and fringe players as activity begin to pick up.
For now, Arsenal can enjoy the perfect start to the season – sitting at the summit until the weekend against Manchester United.