Positive #3: Martinelli and Jesus back in the goals
It is unbelievable that Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus have two goals apiece in the Premier League. Martinelli was Arsenal’s top scorer last season and Jesus was not far off despite his long injury layoff.
Their exploits in the Champions League have softened the blow but it is good to see the pair back on the scoresheet. Arsenal need the two Brazilians to start scoring to take the attention away from Bukayo Saka and help increase the chances of the team winning matches.
Negative #3: Mikel Arteta’s touchline ban
Mikel Arteta will not be on the touchline on Saturday when Arsenal travel to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa, managed by former Gunners coach Unai Emery. He received a yellow card for his celebrations when Rice scored the winner against Luton. That was his third yellow card of the season which automatically means he will watch the game from the stands.
We know that Aston Villa will be fired up to try and beat Arsenal, they will not look to defend which might suit Arsenal. Arteta will prepare his team and will be in constant communication with his coaching staff, but what Arsenal may miss (I hope they won’t), will be his guidance and micro coaching from the touchline. Oftentimes, Odegaard or Raya will run to him whenever there’s an opportunity in-game to receive instructions for the team, that will not be possible and I hope the team can cope without his inspirations.
It is utterly ridiculous to get booked for celebrating a goal, not least a last minute winner.