Ten-man Arsenal double came from a goal down to claim a much-needed 3-2 win over Aston Villa in spectacular fashion as a result of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s free-kick six minutes from time in the Emirates on Sunday.
The Gunners’ winless streak from the Premier League appeared set to extend to four matches when John McGinn gave Villa the lead and Ainsley Maitland-Niles’s sending-off four moments before half-time gave Unai Emery’s guys a mountain to scale.
Nicolas Pepe’s very first Arsenal goal in the penalty spot temporarily brought the Gunners degree, but Wesley shortly restored Villa’s lead.
Arsenal heart and devotion was contested after blowing off a two-goal result in a draw at Watford last weekend.
Nevertheless, they showed no tiny soul as Calum Chambers looped house an equalizer until Aubameyang took centre stage to rifle home a free-kick by the border of the region.
A vital few points that lifts Arsenal around fourth is a enormous increase for Emery, who has confronted issues lately over his capacity to direct the Gunners back into the Champions League next year.
The Spaniard still must get the ideal balance in midfield to guard an ailing offender; however, with Aubameyang and Pepe in an assault, Arsenal always seems capable of scoring.
Maitland-Niles’s nightmare day started after barely a moment when he blazed over Arsenal’s best chance of the first half.
The right-back subsequently hauled down Anwar El Ghazi to get an early booking which was to prove expensive.
McGinn was a continuous threat to the Arsenal defence since the Scottish global twice analyzed Bernd Leno from outside the box.
On the other hand, the hosts didn’t heed those warning shots as McGinn had been permitted to phantom in at the far post to flip residence El Ghazi’s cross 20 minutes.
Maitland-Niles then naively dived to a sliding struggle with Neil Taylor and watched another yellow.
Emery forfeited 18-year-old Buyako Saka on his first Premier League start for Chambers to fulfil the emptiness at right-back.
Aubameyang stood aside to allow Pepe net his first goal since joining Arsenal to get a 72 million ($87 million) club-record go from Lille.
However, Arsenal’s joy didn’t last long since their leaky defence has been breached easily once again.
Arsenal nearly responded once again as Tom Heaton switched Guendouzi’s long-range drive on the post.
But, Chambers was at the ideal area nine minutes from time to evaluate his first Arsenal goal since 2016.
At a tumultuous beginning to this season, Aubameyang has become the guy Arsenal could rely on and that he stepped forward again to win the match with his seventh aim of the year by drilling a free-kick he acquired outside the unsighted Heaton.