Saturday 18 February 2023

Villa 2-4 Arsenal - no party without Partey?

Miracles are possible, based on Arsenal's second half performance versus Aston Villa. Ramsdale produced a couple of decent saves and a second-period clean sheet, after a less than impressive first 45 minutes.

Jorginho upped the ante and scored a potential winner, which went in off time-wasting Martinez in the Villa goal, after a rare strike from Zinchenko that arrowed into the bottom corner.

The lack of clinical finishing shown by Odegaard, who did everything else right, did not come back to haunt Arsenal, who literally ran away with the game at the end, as Martinelli scored in an open goal vacated by Martinez, who had come up for a last-minute corner.

All in all, an excellent job done by Arsenal and the champagne is back on ice.

Ramsdale 8 - two excellent saves
White 8 - found a performance from somewhere
Saliba 8 - snuffed out Watkins
Gabriel 8 - made some good blocks
Zinchenko 9 - outstanding goal and leadership qualities
Saka 7 - kept going, despite being mauled by Villa's defence
Odegaard 8 - incisive
Jorginho 8 - raised his game
Xhaka 7 - improved
Trossard 8 - unlucky to be hooked
Nketiah 7 - tireless and set up Odegaard for a gilt-edged chance

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