21 July 2020 22:40
It only takes one glance at the North Stand, the tiers divided by the words of the commentary of Peter Withe's 1982 European Cup final winner, to serve as a reminder that Aston Villa have had better days. But, having beaten the teams Mikel Arteta described as Europe's two best in a week, they lost to one who kicked off as officially the Premier League's third worst. There was plenty of attacking intent from Arteta when Pepe and Joe Willock joined Alexandre Lacazette, Aubameyang and Nketiah on the pitch, but Arsenal encountered resolute resistance. Trezeguet met it, the thump of a half-volley echoing around Villa Park as he dispatched his third goal in two home games into the bottom corner of the net. Yet the result reduced the chance this will be Grealish's last game at Villa Park as a Villa player.
Villa visit West Ham. Watford are at Arsenal. Istanbul Basaksehir are reportedly prepared to make an official approach for out-of-favour Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil. Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Istanbul Basaksehir. Ozil does not feature in the plans of Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, who has not handed the playmaker a single outing since the resumption of the Premier League. With less than a year remaining on his contract, it leaves the 31-year-old to contemplate his future, aware that he would likely spend next season away from the first-team squad should he remain at the Emirates Stadium.
Is Aston Villa vs Arsenal on TV? Pre-match coverage begins at 8pm, 15 minutes before the game kicks off. While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's dramatic winner helped 10-man Arsenal complete a stunning late comeback to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium. Nicolas Pepe then levelled for the Gunners before Villa regained the lead 89 seconds later through Wesley. But goals from substitute Calum Chambers and Aubameyang in the final 10 minutes secured the Gunners all three points.
Arsenal, which will not go to the Champions League, have a hard time approaching that amount this summer. Porto star Danilo Pereira believes he would be a perfect fit at Arsenal with the Gunners reportedly weighing up a summer move for the midfielder. Pereira, 28, is clearly keen on a switch to the Premier League and lavished praise on the job Arteta is doing at the Emirates. 'I think he [Arteta] is doing a really, really, good job there,' Danilo told Stats Perform News. 'He is a really good coach who started as the second coach at [Manchester] City, so he has a little experience and Arsenal play very good football and I think he is doing very well there. 'He is a Spanish coach, he is a bit similar to Portuguese coaches, they also want to play with the ball and improve with the ball, so I think he is a good coach. I played also in Serie A but I think the Premier League is a huge league and one day I want to play there, to improve to be a better player. Arsenal have been chasing Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey for several months, but the La Liga giants are reluctant to sell. Reports in Spain claim Arsenal do not want to activate Partey's £54million release clause and that Atletico are closing in on agreeing a new contract with the 27-year-old. Arteta is desperate to bolster his midfield options this summer, but Arsenal's efforts to land their coach's top targets are set to be hampered by a limited transfer budget. Arsenal had to ask their players to take a pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic and have already told Arteta to focus on securing free transfers and player swap deals this summer. MORE: Mikel Arteta provides blunt response when asked if Mesut Ozil will play again for Arsenal MORE: Mikel Arteta 'confident' Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang will remain at Arsenal