Arsenal suffered their second defeat in the Premier League as they lost 1-0 against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon (9 December).
With that defeat, the Gunners have dropped to second in the league, one point behind Liverpool who won 2-1 against Crystal Palace. Aston Villa have moved to third in the league table, ahead of Manchester City who face Luton Town away from home on Sunday.
John McGinn scored the only goal of the match in the seventh minute of the game. While discussing the goal after the game, Tony Adams hailed McGinn as a “clever” player, but he was left unimpressed by Ben White who was “struggling” according to him.
Speaking on Premier League TV production (9 December), Adams said while watching McGinn’s goal, “Actually he [McGinn] is taking three players with him. White struggling. Ben struggling to get over there, and it’s a great finish.”
What a title race!
White is a key player for the Gunners. The 26-year-old versatile defender has made 15 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring one goal and providing one assist.
He probably could have done better but the credit goes to McGinn for scoring a brilliant goal on the turn. The movement from Villa was so good in the build-up that it’s hard to blame any individual.
Declan Rice was close to McGinn when Leon Bailey was darting around with the ball on his feet. McGinn then moved into the area when Rice suddenly decided to make a block on the right leaving McGinn completely unmarked.
The Villa midfielder finished it with great aplomb and in the end, White was nowhere close to blocking the effort. With this victory, the title race has become a four-horse race at the moment.
Villa are enjoying a great spell and it would be foolish to count them out. Arsenal and Liverpool are expected to fight till the very end while Manchester City are always capable of closing them down, as they have done on countless occasions previously.
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