The relegation-threatened Aston Villa secured three points in their match against Arsenal, enough to move them out of the relegation zone.
The in-form Arsenal could not break Aston Villa’s defence despite leading in possession. The goal scored in the 27th-minute by Trezeguet with a fantastic strike turned out to be the winning the goal as Arsenal could not score.
Arsenal came into the game after two crucial victories against Liverpool and Manchester City, only to lose at Villa Park. Dean Smith’s tactics against Arteta’s paid off. Smith’s 4-1-4-1 formation forced Jack Grealish and Trezeguet into wide areas which prevented Arsenal from getting overloads. Arsenal failed to get a single shot on target in the first half.
Arsenal fans expressed the disappointment on Twitter showing different reactions about coaching and management of the club. Arsenal fans protested against the owner of the club with a flying message, ‘BACK ARTETA, KROENKE OUT’.
Arsenal are one of the best-attacking sides in the English Premier League having the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Aubameyeng and Lacazette in the attacking position. Arsenal needs improvements in their defence and will, therefore, have to make new signings this coming summer transfer window.
Arsenal’s defeat means that they cannot finish higher than the eighth position in the Premier League. They will now have to win the FA Cup to qualify for the Europa League next season.
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