Arsenal vs. Aston Villa result, highlights, and analysis: Jesus and Martinelli keep the Gunners in first place

 Arsenal vs. Aston Villa result, highlights, and analysis: Jesus and Martinelli keep the Gunners in first place.

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa result, highlights, and analysis: Jesus and Martinelli keep the Gunners in first place

It didn't look much better at the back, with Gerrard still looking for his ideal defensive pairing, which can't be helping with the goals they're shipping in. He said after the game that his team needed to "get back to basics" and that if he wasn't worried about his future, you'd think he was from a "different planet." Gerrard will need to get his team in order quickly or he may find himself in a different position.

Jesus brings energy and purpose to Arsenal's attacking line; at times, he bullied Ezri Konsa and didn't give Villa's backline a second to consider passing out from the back.


At the other end of the field, Saliba's commanding performance belied his 21-year-old age. While not a new signing this summer, Arteta's inclusion in pre-season and early decision to make him a regular this season has allowed him to settle in and look like he's been playing Premier League football for years.


Arsenal's next big test is against Manchester United on Sunday, but with Jesus in attack and Saliba in defense (even if that's not the song Gooners sing! ), you get the impression they won't be going to Old Trafford as a team without a winning game plan.



Gerrard's problems persist.

The former Rangers manager has one win in five league games and is already one of the bookies' favourites to be fired. We saw Bournemouth sack Scott Parker after a 9-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool earlier this week, and with Manchester City up next, Gerrard will undoubtedly be looking over his shoulder if that results in embarrassment.


We're five games in, and he appears to be experimenting with his best XI, which could be a 4-3-3 or a narrow 4-1-2-1-2. He left Ings on the bench tonight, with Bailey and Buendia on the wings to feed target man Watkins, but the front line lacked fluidity. Matty Cash looked the most lively down the wing at times, but even his deliveries into the box posed little danger.

Arsenal's mindset has shifted.

The Gunners came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 last week, and their hard work was threatened again tonight when Luiz scored an undeserved equalizer with 16 minutes remaining.


151 seconds later, Martinelli was at the back post to head home Saka's cross, putting Arsenal back in front and igniting a frenzy at the Emirates Stadium.


The old Arsenal would not have been able to do so; they would have crumbled under pressure, or worse, blown their chances and conceded a late winner to leave with nothing. This Arteta side has regained its faith and hunger. From Jesus causing problems for Villa's center-backs all night to Martinelli and Saka running the channels, it was frantic and chaotic at times, but always attacking with intent. Granit Xhaka spent the majority of the game in the final third, such was his contribution to Arsenal's attacking output this evening.


Arsenal are playing with flair and resilience in equal measure, and it's no surprise that the feel-good factor has returned to north London at this early stage of the season.


Arsenal is reaping the benefits of its transfer business.

While Chelsea launched a £43 million bid for Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez and continued to pursue Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Manchester United hopes to register Antony's arrival, and Liverpool is still looking for a midfielder before the 11 p.m. transfer window deadline, Arteta and technical director Edu can rest easy tonight.


In fact, the Gunners' decision to move for Jesus and Zinchenko early in the transfer window proved to be a wise business decision. While Zinchenko was unable to play against Villa due to injury, he has been a breath of fresh air this season. Jesus scored his third goal of the season, a typical poacher's finish after being the first to react to Martinez's error from Martinelli's deflected cross.

Arsenal maintained their lead at the top of the Premier League table and their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.


Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli were the heroes of the hour once more as Mikel Arteta's side won their fifth game in a row to move two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.


Arsenal's delight only added to Steven Gerrard's misery as they suffered their third consecutive defeat and only one win in five games, leaving them in 19th place with few positives to take and City coming to town next.


The Gunners had 60% possession and 22 shots to Villa's four in a commanding performance that only looked threatened in the 74th minute when substitute Douglas Luiz scored directly from a corner.


But this Arsenal team isn't going down without a fight, and Martinelli put them back in front less than two minutes later when he tapped in Bukayo Saka's cross at the back post to join Brazilian teammate Jesus on the scoresheet, after being the first to react to an Emiliano Martinez parry on the half-hour to break the deadlock.

Arsenal maintained their lead at the top of the Premier League table and their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.


Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli were the heroes of the hour once more as Mikel Arteta's side won their fifth game in a row to move two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.

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