EPL giants Arsenal pulled off a remarkable comeback in their recent outing at the Emirates against a determined Aston Villa side. A late Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal sealed a win for the Gunners as they jumped to fourth in the EPL table. Having lost Ainsley Maitland-Niles to a red card in the first half, Arsenal were playing with 10 men for the second period of the game. Here are the key moments which defined Sunday’s Premier League game in North London.
Arsenal started with an attacking intent on Sunday playing in front of the home crowd at the Emirates. However, it was Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn who scored the opening goal for the away team in the 20th minute. Following that, two Arsenal players (Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi) were booked for fouls. Things got worse for the EPL giants after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was given his second yellow of the day and was sent off for a challenge on Aston Villa’s Neil Taylor.
Arsenal's summer signing Nicolas Pepe came to Arsenal’s rescue with a penalty in the 59th minute. However, Aston Villa’s Brazilian striker Wesley handed the visitors the lead once again in the 60th minute. Playing with 10 men was never going to be easy but Unai Emery’s squad looked to be in the mood to bag all three points. Arsenal’s star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed the three points for the home team when he scored the third goal in the 84th minute. However, the Gabonese forward was booked in the 95th minute for a rash challenge on Villa captain Jack Grealish in the dying minutes.
After Sunday's win, the Gunners climbed up to fourth in the EPL table. From six games played in the season this year, Arsenal have won three, drawn two and lost one match until now. Aubameyang has been their best player this season. However, the Gunners will need to improve their defence if they intend to play in the Champions League next year.