Arsenal dominated Aston Villa but simply couldn’t score

Well, how typical is that of Arsenal? We beat the two top teams in the League and then go and lose to a side fighting relegation. Plus ca change….

The Gunners have won just three away games from their last 18 games on the road, and it was little surprise they lacked any spark after our last two scintillating wins this week, even though we dominated most of the game.

Despite Arsenal having 70% of the possession, the only shot that even came close to the Villa goal was when it hit the post. No wonder Mikel Arteta was a bit deflated after the game.

“I am really disappointed with the result,” Arteta told Arsenal.com. “I cannot fault the effort of the players, for sure.

“You could see how they were going every time we lost the ball, how aggressive we were, Villa couldn’t put three or four passes together. It was a very different game to the last two.

“We completely dominated, we played in the opponents’ half but we missed that spark and the ball in the final third to create more. We knew about Villa’s set-pieces, we conceded another goal there and it cost us the points.

“The boys are really disappointed. They wanted to keep building momentum. It’s been a really demanding week emotionally and physically for them, and I know how much they wanted to win today again to give us a chance to qualify for Europe from the Premier League. But we’re going to try in the final.”

The FA cup really is the last pitch of the dice for Arsenal. We sit in 10th place in the table, below the mighty Burnley and promoted Sheffield United. I know we are all a bit down in the dumps today, but we can give all our stars a day off against Watford, and get our batteries recharged for the big game against Chelsea.

This is football. Anything can happen!

6 Comments

  1. Oladimeji says:

    This is obviously a mistake from our boss, Mikel arteta, I wonder what’s going on with Ozil not playing in this game…… That guy needs to start working for his money…. Moreover our forwards needs to start taking shots from outside the 18′ box, it improves our chances of winning

    1. Goonster says:

      Ozil aka “The Shirt Selling Genius” has been exposed as a scrounger. All he care about is his own vanity on social media, he loves the continuous worshipping and azz licking his loyal followers do for him a daily basis. He is making £350,000 a week and does not have to work hard for it. Spends more time playing video games online and propagating his typical social media propaganda. More into himself / vanity than anything else.
      What an underwhelming signing he has been. Causes more unrest and trouble off the pitch than help our club.

      I hope our club has learnt a lesson.

  2. Des says:

    To say “Arsenal dominated” is laughable, we played tippy-tappy football that led absolutely nowhere and when Aston Villa came at us with a high press, had they been more clinical we should’ve been slumped 3-0 (Deservedly so).

  3. Sue says:

    We could’ve carried on playing for another hour and still wouldn’t have scored! It was just one of those nights… not happy with it… especially as we beat them at home with 10 men!!
    Hats off to them though, with that gritty display, they deserve to stay up

  4. Goonerforever says:

    Against top sides we defend deep & have space to break into & use our pace up front. Other sides sit back and we don’t have anyone in the club who has the creativity (not mentioning the obvious who doesn’t fit into the team ethic demanded by Arteta). Hence the result and the pattern of play last night vs last week.

  5. martin says:

    Would it not be possible to shoot from outside the box when the area is jammed with players., who knows a ricochet may produce a goal.
    we always try to walk it in even when the path is blocked – there has to be another option. as we saw last night the villa defenders threw everything at us entering into there box ?

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