Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal - 3 talking points as missed chances cost Gunners

Arsenal succumbed to Aston Villa 1-0 as the Gunners missed a host of chances throughout the game.

Aston Villa v Arsenal FC - Premier League
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Arsenal fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Aston Villa with missed chances the theme coming out of the game.

We are still unsure of exactly how Arsenal came away from Villa Park empty handed as John McGinn's early strike was enough to sink the Gunners.

After going behind early, it was all Arsenal but several players were guilty of missing chances to equalise. Martin Odegaard, in particular, should've done better with an effort from inside the area that was saved by Emiliano Martinez.

The Gunners dominated proceedings in the second half, but again, several chances went begging and just before injury time, Arsenal thought they had drawn level as Eddie Nketiah bundled home from close range.

But after referee Jarred Gillett called it a no-goal on the field, the VAR review agreed with the decision which is still baffling.

The visitors tried and tried but couldn't get that killer final ball to work and succumbed to defeat as Villa extended their Premier League winning streak at Villa Park to 15 games.


Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal - 3 talking points as missed chances cost Gunners

The game provided plenty of talking points; here they are.

1. Gunners need shooting practice

We still aren't sure how Arsenal didn't score at Villa Park. When things aren't going your way, they just aren't.

Bukayo Saka, Odegaard, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Nketiah all had chances to bring the Gunners level, but each spurned their chances and there was a feeling that no matter how long the game went, the odds were against them.

While some will point to the VAR or penalty decision, the Gunners had more than enough chances wo not only draw, but win this game - they just didn't take their chances.

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