10 men Arsenal beats Villa 3 – 2

Aubameyang celebrates goal
Aubameyang celebrates goal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stunning free-kick with six minutes remaining earned the Gunners chance to claim 3 points, despite having Ainsley Maitland-Niles sent off in the first half.

Aston Villa’s John McGinn found Anwar El Ghazi’s cross to put Villa ahead in the first half. four minutes before the break, Maitland-Niles was shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Neil Taylor.

In the second half, Arsenal closed the lead with Nicolas Pepe’s first goal for the club in a penalty kick. Shortly, Wesley restored Villa’s lead from Jack Grealish’s ground pass from the left area.

Arsenal leveled again with substitute Calum Chambers’ close-range effort to bring the scoreline 2-2. With that the Gunners quickly wrapped the score with a magnificent free kick by Aubameyang to secure their third Premier League win of the season to lift Emery’s side back into the top four.

After the final whistle, Arsenal’s boss, Unai Emery believes team needs improvement in defence.

“It is our challenge to improve defensively. They didn’t have a lot of chances to score.”

(Image Credit: Mirror)

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