Late win at Villa moves Arsenal to the top
Arsenal fought from behind twice before claiming a 93rd minute winner at Aston Villa – thanks to the head of former goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
The Gunners had lost three of their last four games heading into this clash and got off to the worst possible start when Ollie Watkins beat the offside trap to fire home an opener for Unai Emery’s men.
Bukayo Saka quickly scored an equaliser, hammering in a half-volley after Tyrone Mings’ poor clearance, before Philippe Coutinho finished off a brilliant team move to put Villa back in front before the break.
However, Oleksandr Zinchenko equalised early in the second half for the Gunners, who pushed for a winner but looked set to be frustrated as the game headed into injury time.
But when Jorginho’s fine 25-yard strike clattered the crossbar and bounced down, their luck was in, as it hit the back of the head of the Argentina World Cup hero, and rebounded into the net, before Gabriel Martinelli wrapped up the win late on.
It looked like it would be five games without a win in all competitions for Arsenal with their title challenge has been seriously dented. But they dug deep in stunning fashion to put their title challenge back on track with a remarkable win.
They now move three points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, with a game in hand over Pep Guardiola’s side. The luck was on their side at Villa Park, something that all title winners need to have.
Mikel Arteta can finally sleep soundly, with his side’s title challenge firmly back on track.