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Aston Villa 2-4 Arsenal: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 19 Feb 2023

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Arsenal edged past Aston Villa yesterday in dramatic Premier League encounter that went down to the wire in the Midlands.

In a real war, the Gunners were able to retake control of the title race as they took home a 4-2 win at Villa Park. They went back and forth but ultimately, the league leaders showed the heart of champions.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at a few of our biggest takeaways from the action.

Martinez’s day off

Emiliano Martinez is one of the best goalkeepers in world football. He’s proved that time and time again but on Saturday, he didn’t quite manage to live up to that. He had a few shaky moments, conceded four goals, and the last two were arguably his fault. Between an own goal and him being out of his goal for the fourth, it was the kind of moment – a rare moment – in which he looked less than himself.

Mentality monsters

Arsenal Football Club were losing this game after going on a poor run of form. They seemed destined to slip further away from Manchester City in the title race but instead, they dug deep. They dug really, really deep and Mikel Arteta deserves a whole lot of credit for that. The boss knows that between this result and City dropping points against Nottingham Forest, the ball is back in their court.

Premier League at its best

The Premier League is the best top tier division in world football and we don’t think there’s an argument against that. In this clash alone there were endless shots, there was drama, the woodwork was hit, and six goals. That’s the kind of action we all like to see, especially in the early kick-off. Villa put in a great shift and throughout the weekend as a whole, we saw some outstanding results.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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