Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Arsenal Beats Aston Villa by 2-1


After seeing us once again claim victory, having suffered a setback, Mikel Arteta was delighted with the response of his players to keep their 100 percent record intact after beating Aston Villa 2-1.

The boss headed into his press conference in a good mood after clinching our fifth-straight win this campaign and tackled plenty of questions on the game, injuries, and transfers.

Read everything he had to say below:

on making it five wins from five…

We are obviously really happy because we are winning football matches that we deserve to win. The way we are performing and playing, and we need to continue. Again, there are a lot of things that we have to improve, and you could see that in the second half, but the way we played in the first half, the number of chances, how much we generated, how dominant we were, and the energy that we generated is really pleasing as a coach.

on scoring so quickly after conceding…

That’s the mentality that we want to show as a team and the character that we want to show to react immediately after disappointment. Conceding goals is part of the game, just like giving the ball away or having a bad action, it’s about the next action, it’s about the next phase. When you play in front of this crowd, that helps because the energy that they generate is just amazing.

what gives the squad belief after conceding…

Going through positive experiences and overcoming difficulties, gives you the confidence that you can do it. That could be individually or as a team, and when you start to get that belief and create those moments, it’s not only yours, that belief is the crowds’. When that connection happens, anything is possible.

on using previous experiences to motivate us…

Obviously, we try to improve our players, we have to try and improve the team, and there are many things that are not just technical or tactical aspects that play a big part in football matches. That’s another tool that we are developing, that we need to keep developing, and especially when we are here that it is really powerful.

on being ruthless in front of goal…

It’s the most difficult thing in football to score goals, but today we had some big, big, big chances, and we didn’t put them away, but obviously, the intention of the players is to score. The goal of Gabi Martinelli I think, is a really difficult technique, the height of the ball, the angle he is getting, the way he is approaching the ball, and he still managed to hit the target, and that always gives you a chance. We are working on it all the time, and I think we are getting much better as always, there is room for improvement.

on Odegaard’s injury…

He got a bad kick, and he was struggling. It was very recent, so we’ll have to see over the next few hours how he recovers.

on Elneny’s injury…

That’s not good news, we still need him to see our specialist, but I’m afraid we’re going to lose Mo for a while.

on whether injuries will affect his plans for deadline day…

Obviously, it has an impact because Thomas [Partey] is injured, and we are a bit short in that position. We have Sambi and Granit who can play there, but we are looking at options in the market. The club has been super supportive to keep improving the squad and the team as we can, and if the right player is available and we can do it, we will try.

on whether there is much money left in the bank…

I’m not a financial guy, I think that’s a question for somebody else!

on Aaron Ramsdale’s injury…

I think he felt something, I don’t know what exactly. He managed to finish the game, but he’s another we’ll have to assess.

on Thomas Partey’s injury…

He’s going to be out for a while, but we don’t know how long that period is going to be. Obviously, it’s not the first injury that he’s had in that area, so it is a recurring injury, so it’s one for the doctors to put a timeline on it and see how he goes.

on central midfield issues…

We were pretty protected in that position, and now we are more exposed, but we have to be more prepared for uncertainties. Injuries, suspensions, and things like that can happen, especially this season which will be really strange with the World Cup. We’ll try to prevent things, but sometimes it’s not easy.

on Tomiyasu…

We are really happy that we are loading some minutes into him, and he’s responding really well. He’s been training now for weeks without any issues, which is the first period he’s been able to do that in the last six or seven months, and you can see the way he played today when he came on – I think he was really good.

on balancing the league with Europe…

I was thinking about it, but then with what happened with Mo and Thomas, things can happen, and then your intention isn’t what you can actually do. It’s related to what is available on the day and how the players are feeling, but of course, we want to give opportunities to the squad because they really deserve them.

Gabriel Martinelli proved to be the matchwinner as we beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday, and the best of the action is now available to watch.

Three Brazilians got on the scoresheet in the form of Gabriel Jesus, who tapped home 30 minutes before Douglas Luiz netted straight from a corner late in the second half.

However, Martinelli popped up three minutes later with a cool finish to claim a deserved win and keep us top of the table after five games.

Gabriel Martinelli insists that we need to maintain the mentality that has seen us once again bounce back from adversity to claim three points, after stunning Aston Villa to win 2-1 and make it five wins from five this campaign.

Just 151 seconds separated Villa’s equalizer and the Brazilian’s 77th-minute winner at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening. After Douglas Luiz had brought the visitors level, we raced up the other end and retook the lead when our forward smartly volleyed Bukayo Saka’s cross past Emiliano Martinez at the back post.

Martinelli’s decisive goal continued an encouraging trend of instant responses this season. We twice scored within two minutes after conceding to Leicester City in our first home game of the campaign, and also came from behind to beat Fulham at the weekend.

“That’s the mentality we need to have the whole season but also next season and in the future,” Martinelli said at full-time. “We need to do this and keep winning the games. “It was a tough game. We knew that, but I think we deserved the win and we played well. The most important thing is the three points – and we got them.

“I’m feeling great [but it’s] not just me, I think the whole team, the staff, the fans – everyone is happy today. We are trying to win every single game. [We go] game by game, and that’s the mentality we need to have.”

Martinelli’s goal was scored against friend and former team-mate, Emi Martinez – who helped us to win the 2020 Emirates FA Cup.

“He’s a very good friend of mine,” Martinelli added. “I told him that I was going to score – and I did it! I’m so happy with the goal and the team’s performance.

“I think I got the ball wide. I played it to Tomi, he played it to Bukayo. He crossed, and I was there. I just tried to put it in, and it worked. I’m so happy with the goal and the victory as well.”

Mikel Arteta admitted that he was frustrated that his team didn’t put the game to bed earlier, but was still delighted with the resilience to claim a 2-1 win against Aston Villa.

Having battered the Villa goal for half an hour, we finally took the lead through Gabriel Jesus, but despite our dominance couldn’t find the all-important second goal until after Douglas Luiz had equalized directly from a corner.

However, Gabriel Martinelli’s composed finish 13 minutes from time handed us the win we deserved, to keep us top of the Premier League table and make it five wins from five, which ultimately was what Arteta was happiest about.

Speaking post-match, the boss said: “I’m really pleased, really happy, especially with the performance in the first half. I thought we were brilliant, we were at it, we were really intense, we played with enormous speed, quality, and efficiency, and we should have scored four or five goals, and the game would have been over.

“We didn’t manage to do that, in the second half, we played in many phases, much more the game that they wanted to play – really stretched with a lot of transition moments, with a lot of duels in open spaces, and we suffered a little bit more. And after conceding a goal without conceding anything, from a corner kick, we responded really well again, and I think we deserved to win the game.”

Luiz’s freak goal could have caused heads to drop, having been so dominant for so long, but spurred on by a passionate crowd, Arteta believes the spirit and never-say-die approach our players are showing right now meant they always believed they’d still go on and win.

Reflecting on the second 45, he added: “I know how this league works, and you never get two halves that are exactly the same, and they were going to change their approach, and they did.”

“We struggled a little bit more playing that kind of game, but I think the team competed really well, and when we need to, we have that character and resilience to respond, I think the team was at it.”

“The team responded really well, and we always talked about it. This is going to happen, it’s part of the games, it’s about how you respond to it, obviously, the crowd helps massively the way they are supporting the team, so I’m really happy with the win.”


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