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Watkins Gets 7.5, Martinez With 5 | Aston Villa Players Rated In Tough Loss Vs Arsenal

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Aston Villa entertained Arsenal at Villa Park earlier tonight as they hoped to earn a good result at home in the Premier League. The Villans made a bright start to the game and got their noses ahead in the fifth-minute courtesy of Ollie Watlkins’ impressive finish. However, Bukayo Saka equalised for Arsenal just 11 minutes later when he scored with a great strike. Philippe Coutinho restored Aston Villa’s advantage in the 31st minute with a good finish as the West Midlands club went into the half-time break with a 2-1 lead.

Oleksandr Zinchenko equalised for the Gunners in the 61st minute with a good strike from long-range. Emiliano Martinez scored an unfortunate own goal in injury time before Gabriel Martinelli killed the game off in the dying embers of the contest with a good breakaway goal. The match ended with Unai Emery’s men suffering a tough 4-2 loss in front of their home fans.

Let’s take a look at how each Aston Villa player fared during the match against the Gunners.

GK: Emiliano Martinez – 5/10

The Argentine keeper made just one save in the game and conceded four times during the 90 minutes.

RB: Matty Cash – 6.5/10

Cash had a tough game at the back but was lively on the ball and has got an assist to show for his efforts.

CB: Ezri Konsa – 6/10

Konsa made a few crucial clearances but was also guilty of making some poor defensive mistakes at the back.

CB: Tyrone Mings – 6/10

He was too slow to react to the danger and won’t be pleased after allowing four goals today.

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Villa Park

LB: Alex Moreno – 7/10

The Spaniard was solid when defending inside his half and made a couple of decent chances in the final third.

RM: John McGinn – 6.5/10

McGinn was a positive influence at both ends of the field but has got nothing to show for his efforts.

CM: Douglas Luiz – 6.5/10

The Brazilian talent anchored the midfield well but failed to create anything meaningful going forward.

CM: Boubacar Kamara – 7/10

Kamara worked hard defensively and was good on the ball as well.

LM: Philippe Coutinho – 7.5/10

Coutinho scored a good goal in the first half and came back to help his teammates out at the back when needed.

ST: Emiliano Buendia – 7/10

He worked hard defensively and made a couple of impressive runs in the Arsenal half.

ST: Ollie Watkins – 7.5/10

Watkins made a great start to the game by scoring an early goal. However, he was quiet in the second half.


LM: Jacob Ramsey – 6/10

He made one key chance in the final third.

ST: Leon Bailey – 6.5/10

Bailey was unfortunate to hit the crossbar.

CM: Leander Dendoncker – 5.5/10

He failed to protect his backline late in the game.

LB: Lucas Digne – 5.5/10

Digne looked vulnerable at the back.

ST: Jhon Duran – 6/10

He was a real handful for the Arsenal defenders.

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