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From Thomas Mallows
Unai Emery praised Arsenal’s”amazing” team spirit but admits his side have to improve defensively after twice coming from behind to beat Aston Villa at a pulsating encounter at Emirates Stadium.
An turnaround was completed by pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s magnificent free-kick with six minutes remaining to the Gunners, who still trailed going into the last 10 minutes and had Ainsley.
“The team spirit was wonderful, we must continue functioning and improving matters,” said the Arsenal boss.
“Aston Villa is a fantastic team and also a organised team. Following this I expect we be strong and can enhance. Together with the fans we boost and hopefully will be strong for the games.
“It’s our struggle to improve defensively. They did not have lots of chances to score”
John McGinn flicked home Anwar El Ghazi’s cross to put Villa before Maitland-Niles was shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Neil Taylor four minutes before the rest.
Arsenal levelled early in the second period for the club in the penalty spot only for Villa’s direct to be restored by Wesley afterwards.
But in a decision, substitute Calum Chambers’ close-range end brought the Gunners level before Aubameyang attack.
The end result was brutal on Villa, that impressed for extended periods but also paid the price for dropping in the final stages and inviting stress that is Arsenal. A beat from six league games means they remain in the bottom .
Emery recalled the bulk of his senior celebrities after opting for Thursday’s Europa League win at Eintracht Frankfurt.
This meant the Spaniard went with the same back four that lost a two-goal lead at Watford last week, and also yet another shaky performance here means they’ve still not kept a clean sheet in the league since the opening day of this season, conceding 10 goals in five games.
The issues ultimately didn’t cost them the end result against Villa, however if they are to make a sustained challenge for the best four Emery can’t rely on his players to bail his team out constantly.
A deficiency of urgency and urge led with El Ghazi given plenty of time to crossover for McGinn, who discovered after ghosting before Matteo Guendouzi himself disoriented, to the opening goal.
Guendouzi awakened the performance of Arsenal, he was sloppy in his failure to track McGinn contributed to the first target, however he led by example in the final stages into the playground.
One of these runs resulted from Bjorn Engels, permitting Pepe to equalise from the spot early in the second half.
After Arsenal went Guendouzi attracted a fine save from Tom Heaton, who pushed on his drive on to the article.
With Villa unable to get out of their third, Arsenal’s pressure eventually told.
A mistake by Tyone Mings allowed Chambers, brought on to Maitland-Niles’ dismissal in reaction, to stab at a effort.
Later Aubameyang was brought down just outside the region, the Gabon striker curled to send the Emirates crowd, who were defeated for much of the afternoon, into raptures.
When he was substituted after 72 minutes midfielder Granit Xhaka, who had been jeered by some parts of the home service was also defended by emery.
“My opinion is we need our supporters and we need our supporters helping each player,” added the Gunners boss. “Now I changed him since he performed 90 minutes on Thursday. I chose a player that was fresh. But is an essential player for us.
“He has a major dedication here. I am sure he will get the things that are best. We’re professional. He is an experienced player.
“He understands sometimes we are criticised. We have to be mature and continue working. I am going to support him. He is a fantastic player.”
Aston Villa had worries about their assault after failing to score while Arsenal went to the game with concerns about their own defence.
They looked considerably more powerful here, but were left to regret errors that resulted in all three Arsenal targets.
“I’m very frustrated,” said Villa manager Dean Smith. “We dropped our structure for intervals in the second half. First half we were on the front foot and looked. It’s always going to be a hard match but we won’t ever receive a better opportunity to win.”
Trezeguet and anwar El Ghazi, enjoying with both sides of striker Wesley, found lots of space on the flanks, using Saed Kolasinac and Arsenal full-backs Maitland-Niles regularly exposed.
Although it was the delivery of El Ghazi from the other flank that led the opening target, egypt winger Trezeguet back in the side following a ban, set up McGinn for an attempt on target.
After Pepe’s penalty brought Arsenal degree, Villa showed good soul to instantly go up another end to re-take the lead thanks to a nice work by Grealish down the left and also a smart conclusion by Wesley, his second goal for Villa since linking from Club Brugge at the summer.
With Arsenal pushing forward, Villa almost caught them over the counter when Trezeguet was performed at the side of the area, but he could only fire directly at Leno.
Four minutes later, Smith substituted Trezeguet with the defensively minded Ahmed El Mohamady in an attempt to shore things up, but only served to invite pressure that was Arsenal.
The kind this season of mings, whose, was penalized for Chambers’ equaliser.
Together with the Gunners forward converting the free-kick to put the home side in front the filthy of his partner Engels, whose , subsequently hacked down Aubameyang directly on the edge of the playground.
Villa had a penalty claim turned down from Jonathan Moss in the 89th minute when replacement Conor Hourihane’s shot struck on the arm Sokratis, using a VAR check financing the referee’s final decision.
“The match became too open with them at 10 men,” added Smith. “We lost our fearlessness but for any reason we retracted next half and put us under pressure. We felt and had a minute spell but retracted.
“The players lost a bit of belief and that’s what frustrated me the most.”
Arsenal manager Unai Emery, speaking to BBC MOTD:”Back in 90 minutes a great deal of things occurred. The match wasn’t controlled by us exactly we wanted because we dropped a lot of balls in the center and gave them chances in the transition when it had been 11 v 11. After we could strike and get the ball in the box we weren’t bad and we created chances to score.
“After the goal we can be calm and enhance and the red card changed the idea. For the next half we had to play with all our heart but also with the mind. We had supporters pushing us and us to take any risks.
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith, speaking to BBC MOTD:”You look at the goals we conceded and they are sloppy. We give a free-kick away and concede a penalty. Second purpose, Tyrone Mings has cushioned a header into Neil Taylor and ought to have set it outside for a corner.
“I believed it was penalty [for handball from Sokratis]. He leant towards the ballwhich went towards the aim. So I do not know why it was not it has hit on his arm. But nowadays if you are asking about handballs from the box, I do not understand and I do not think anyone understands. We’ve seen some subjective ones. Should they receive a good view on the TV screens they need to overrule the on-field referee.”
On his side’s kind:”There is not any large concern. We have had a real go. Aside from Man City and Liverpool I don’t fear anyone in this league.”
Arsenal host Nottingham Forest in Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday with Aston Villa travelling to Brighton the next day (equally 19:45 BST kick-offs).
Villa subsequently return to Premier League action at home to Burnley following Saturday (15:00 BST) with Arsenal taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday 30 September. (20:00 BST).
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