There was some interesting Premier League action in the Midlands, as Aston Villa played host to Arsenal in a lunchtime kickoff at Villa Park on Saturday. The Gunners suffered misfortune in their last game when they lost 2-1 in controversial circumstances to Wolverhampton Wanderers during the week.
And they suffered more misery today, as they were beaten 1-0 at Villa Park.
The decisive blow was struck as early as the second minute when Cedric Soares was punished for a poor pass, with Bertrand Traore feeding Ollie Watkins to score the only goal of the game. There was some controversy as Aston Villa's Ezri Konsa fouled Bukayo Saka, but was brandished with only a yellow card despite being the last man. The Gunners suffered an injury blow when Thomas Partey had to be taken off. The Gunners piled the pressure late on but Emi Martinez and the Villa defence were up to the task, and Villa also had chances but Mat Ryan kept Arsenal in the game.
It wasn't to be for them though, as Villa completed the double over Arsenal, winning 1-0 at the end.
As a result, Villa are up to eighth on the log, three points adrift fifth placed West Ham United with a game in hand and a superior goals difference. Arsenal remain in 10th place with 31 points.
There will be more matches later today, with Manchester United climaxing things as they welcome Everton.
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