BPL Season 15/16: Aston Villa 0 - 2 Arsenal
Match review & rants by a Malaysian Gooner
Like as though it was all in a script, it wasn't much of a surprise that the Gunners are through to the Champions League knockout stages after defeating Olympiakos on Wednesday but amazingly, we are also now top of the table in the Premier League. As I was discussing with my our hardcore football fanatic friends, we felt that this was only possible 'cause everyone basically suck this season except for Leicester City who haven't faced Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea yet.
We may have lost some of our key players to injuries in recent games, but the ones who have just returned are stepping up big time. In last night's must-win game against Astro Villa (it's a must-win 'cause it's a team in relegation zone), it was rather unengaging as we never looked like losing although the lack of Francis Coquelin or the younger Mathieu Flamini's aggression in the middle of the park, Villa's players have had quite a few pacy penetrations with the ball. Thankfully we have our own speedy gonzales -- Theo Walcott, who got the penalty after being pulled down in the box. Olivier Giroud scored a hat trick against Olympiakos was responsible for the penalty scored.
Walcott was involved with the second goal as well as he provided an impressive through pass to the dashing Mesut Ozil for a successful three-on-one counter attack. Ozil, unselfish and probably attempting to break more of the league's assist record as well, passed to the hardworking Aaron Ramsey for the tap in, who was also the one who initiated the counter with a controversial tackle at the other end of the field. Ramsey's tackle which started the counter does indeed looked like it might have been foul. From the angle that the live broadcast was showing, it looked like he took out both the player and the ball. But oh well, no excuse for Astro Villa's horrid defending anyway. The second half was a waste of chances but highly positive from the players as they continued to look for goal. Defensively though, it's still not convincing.
We would stay on top for the entire week unless Chelsea loses to Leicester City tomorrow, which could easily happen considering how poor the fellow London club is now. Our next match is the big one -- against Manchester City at Emirates Stadium. Win this and we have probably won the first half of the season! And I shall finally feel that the club deserves my money for a new jersey.
Aston Villa vs Arsenal
Posted by Live Football News on Sunday, 13 December 2015
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