Arsenal continued their perfect start to the Premier League season, making it five wins from five games after a 2-1 win over Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
Summer signing Gabriel Jesus continued his impressive start at Arsenal, scoring the opening goal at the half-hour mark to bring his season tally to three goals.
Villa, dominated by Arsenal for the vast majority of the 90 minutes, found an unlikely equalizer in the 74th minute when Douglas Luiz scored from a corner just seconds after entering the game as a substitute. But the draw lasted less than three minutes as Arsenal provided another glimpse of their newfound determination to return to the front courtesy of Gabriel Martinelli.
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Arsenal remain top of the Premier League, two points ahead of champion Manchester City. Meanwhile, Aston Villa languishes near the other end of the table, having picked up just three points from their opening five matches.
“Obviously we are very happy because we are winning soccer matches that we deserve to win,” Arteta said.
“The way we performed and played, we need to continue. Again, there are a lot of things we need to improve on and you could see that in the second half, but the way we played in the first half, the number of chances, how many we generated , how dominant we were and the energy we generated is really nice as a coach.”
The visitors rarely seemed to threaten Arsenal’s 100 per cent record on Wednesday.
Steven Gerrard’s side needed several last-gasp defensive interventions, as well as a favorable VAR check for an early Arsenal penalty appeal to prevent the hosts from building an even bigger lead in the first half.
There was a feeling of inevitability when the goal came. Granit Xhaka’s deflected cross could only be deflected by the former Arsenal de Villa goalkeeper, Emiliano Martínez, and Jesús was present to finish off the rebound from six meters.
Aston Villa did not have a single shot on goal until the 73rd minute, but that effort led to a corner that produced the most unlikely equalizer. Aaron Ramsdale appealed for a foul in vain after a Villa player blocked his way to the ball when Luiz’s corner kick sailed straight into the back of the net.
But Arsenal couldn’t deny it. With many on the ground still shaken by Villa’s goal, Arsenal fell the other way, Bukayo Saka cutting the ball across the area and Martinelli’s volley having enough to beat Martinez.
Arsenal take their unbeaten record to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Sunday, while there is little room to breathe for Gerrard and his beleaguered side hosting champions Manchester City on Saturday.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.