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
Aston Villa v Arsenal FC - Premier League / Neal Simpson/Allstar/GettyImages
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Ollie Watkins, William Saliba
Aston Villa v Arsenal FC - Premier League / Neal Simpson/Allstar/GettyImages

3. Saliba and Gabriel outstanding yet again

Saliba and Gabriel barley gave Villa a sniff after they scored early on. Both dealt with Ollie Watkins well and any of Villa's other attacking threats.

Given how much Arsenal was dictating the game, both snuffed out any potential Villa counter-attack with ease and gave the ball back to the team's distrubitors.

While the attacking left a lot to be desired, defensively, aside from McGinn's early goal, Arsenal shut the door. Unfortunately, the horse had already bolted.