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How Aubameyang played 90 minutes without a shot, Lacazette hardly touch the ball.



How Aubameyang played 90 minutes without a shot, Lacazette hardly touch the ball.

How Aubameyang played 90 minutes without having a shot at goal and Lacazette hardly touch the ball against Aston Villa.

A brace from Ollie Watkins helped Aston Villa secure a 3-0 victory over a poor Arsenal side at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday night.

The game got off to a flying start with John McGinn finding the net inside 60 seconds – only for his goal to be ruled out for offside. Soon after, Villa did take the lead with Bukayo Saka sliding Matt Targett’s dangerous cross into his own goal.

Arsenal struggled to rally and the visitors put the game beyond them thanks to a three minute double salvo from Watkins. His first was created by a fine pass from Barkley and Grealish was the architect of his second goal.

Here are your Arsenal and Villa player rating from north London…


1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Rob Holding, Ross Barkley

Bernd Leno (GK) – 5/10 – Little he could do about the goals. Still, he conceded three which is never good.

Rob Holding (CB) – 5/10 – Missed a golden chance in the second half. Torn apart by Grealish.

Gabriel (CB) – 5/10 – A rare flustered display from the Brazilian. Looked troubled by Villa’s clever movement.

Kieran Tierney (CB) – 6/10 – Offered more than Saka did down the left hand side, swinging in some dangerous crosses.

2. Wing Backs & Midfielders

Bukayo Saka
Saka score own goal

Hector Bellerin (RWB) – 5/10 – Lots of crosses and pushed forward regularly in the first half. Defensively, Grealish embarrassed him.

Thomas Partey (CM) – 6/10 – Only lasted 45 minutes after presumably picking up a knock. Losing him was a big blow.

Mohammed Elneny (CM) – 5/10 – Hustled and bustled but poor in possession.

Bukayo Saka (LWB) – 4/10 – Own goal was due to his lack of defensive awareness. One of his more disappointing performances in an Arsenal shirt.

3. Forwards


Willian (RW) – 5/10 – Made a real hash of several half chances before being taken off after an hour.

Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – 4/10 – Was starved of service and barely touched the ball. Four game without a goal now.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (LW) – 4/10 – Painfully quiet, not registering a single shot. Must start earning his money.

4. Substitutes

Dani Ceballos
Ceballos had zero impact 

Dani Ceballos – 5/10 – Was brought on to try and create something. Created nothing.

Eddie Nketiah – 5/10 – One of the Gunners better attackers which is not saying much.

Nicolas Pepe – 6/10 – Added some invention to the Gunners attack after coming on.

5. Goalkeepers & Defenders

Cash defended well against Aubameyang 

Emiliano Martinez (GK) – 7/10 – A great return to his former club. He made a pair of solid saves but was mostly untroubled.

Matty Cash (RB) – 9/10 – Exemplary defensive performance. Six clearances, two blocks, three interceptions. Brilliant.

Ezri Konsa (CB) – 8/10 – A fine display. He particularly thrived when his side were under the cosh in the second half.

Tyrone Mings (CB) – 7/10 – Calm and assured. Complemented Konsa’s more aggressive style well.

Matt Targett (LB) – 8/10 – Great delivery from the left led to Saka’s own goal. Defended well.

6. Midfielders

Mohamed Elneny, Ross Barkley
Barkley had a great game in midfield 

Douglas Luiz (CM) – 8/10 – Offered protection at the base of midfield. Made a couple of good interceptions and sprayed a great pass to Barkley for Watkins’ goal.

John McGinn (CM) – 7/10 – Unlucky to have his goal chalked off. It was a mighty fine finish.

Ross Barkley (AM) – 9/10 – Incredible reverse pass led to the opening goal, while his first time vollied effort led to the second. A pleasure to watch.

7. Forwards

Ollie Watkins
Watkins bagged a brace | 

Trezeguet (RW) – 7/10 – Great run to the back post for the opening goal. He was also a pressing machine making four tackles in the first half.

Ollie Watkins (ST) – 9/10 – Some nice exchanges with the rest of the front three. Took his goals well – two real poacher’s finishes.

Jack Grealish (LW) – 9/10 – Looked a class above at times. Linked up well with Barkley in particular. Comical that he hasn’t played more games for England.

8. Substitutes

Anwar El-Ghazi – N/A

Arsenal lost to Aston Villa at home 0:3.

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