😍10-MEN ARSENAL SEAL DRAMATIC LATE COMEBACK🌟
📊Player ratings from a topsy-turvy, wildly entertaining, if somewhat fortunate, match in North London📝
On a night where almost everything seemed to go against Arsenal’s favour, they still somehow managed to prevail in arguably the most exciting match of the new Premier League season (so far). The Gunners made the comeback all the more arduous when after 40 minutes Maitland Niles was handed a second yellow card for a reckless challenge. Reduced to ten men, while also chasing a one goal deficit, Arsenal were up against the odds. Subjectively speaking, I think Guendouzi produced yet another spectacular display, the last one coming three weeks ago in the North London Derby. He effortlessly controlled the midfield, and during that entire second half seemed to be on a one-man mission to haul the Gunners back into the game. He did exactly that on the stroke of the hour, dancing his way through the compact Aston Villa backline before being tackled in the box: the entailed penalty was cooly dispatched by Pepe.
The horrendous display from the Gunners in the first 70 minutes was complemented by many jeers from the home crowd, though Arsenal made amends with their relentless pressure on the Villa defense, scoring two late goals in the meantime, a mentality change that was greeted with wild celebrations among the Emirates faithful. Though I believe that we deserved to win at the end of the day, many questions must still be asked about Emery’s approach to matches against lower-ranked sides, as in recent times these have been the sort of fixtures we tend to struggle in. At no point during the 90 minutes did the Gunners feel comfortable or dominate possession, as they were forced to play catch-up for the majority of the encounter. Moreover, the defense looked leaky as usual, and the inclusion of Xhaka once again proved a poor one, as he struggled to truly make an impact on the match.
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