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ARS vs AST: Arteta's 4-4-2 Formation Makes A Difference For The Gunners

After the 4-3-3 formation proved to be ineffective in the match against Crystal Palace, Mikel Arteta tried out a 4-2-2 formation involving Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang as the two strikers in today's game, and it worked pretty well, as the gunners defeated Aston Villa after three trials.

Few seconds after the kickoff, referee of the day, Craig Pawson awarded a yellow card to Villa striker, Ollie Watkins for a terrible change on an Arsenal player. His yellow card against Arsenal was the earliest a player has been booked in an English Premier League game this season. 

Arsenal started this at an incredible pace, as they didn't allow Aston Villa any time to build their attack. It was all Arsenal in the first 10 minutes, as Aubameyang found the back of the net for Arsenal, only to see his goal disallowed for an earlier foul by Alex Lacazette.

Thomas Partey nearly put the gunners ahead, but his effort hit the post. A few minutes later, the Ghanaian got a breakthrough for the gunners, leaping high to head in a Smith Rowe's corner beyond Martinez. It was his first goal for Arsenal after various attempts.

Aubameyang and Lacazette couldn't contain their joy, as they were glad Thomas got his first Arsenal goal, and to put an icing on the cake, it was at the Emirates stadium.

To show how Arsenal were good in the game, they had 8 shots attempts before the goal, with Aston Villa having none. Despite the half-time whistle being blown, Arteta's men double their lead through an Aubameyang's rebound penalty, as VAR check a potential foul on Lacazette at the stroke of half-time. Martinez tried all the mind games to make Aubameyang lose the penalty, but he still scored.

Aston Villa started the second half with purpose, as Ben White was call into action to produce a fine block to deny Danny Ings in the 48th minute. Arsenal scored their third goal of the match, after a rapid counter-attack resulted to goal after a Smith Rowe's deflected shot got past Martinez.

Ramsey pull one back for Aston Villa 82nd minute after a weak challenge from Thomas allowed the goal. It was an encouraging display from Arsenal, and we hope they keep up with that in future games. But the best part of today's game is seeing the Arsenal fans telling Emi Martinez that Aaron Ramsdale is better than him.

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