How do you top reducing the kings to pawns? It was a question on the lips of the Aston Villa supporters basking in these rather heady days and a conundrum for Unai Emery, their manager who is growing more untouchable by the week, to solve.
The simple answer is a club-record 15th straight home league victory, one which came against the erstwhile leaders, Arsenal, nonetheless. John McGinn’s early strike was sufficient to move Villa – who survived a late VAR check when Arsenal had a goal ruled out for handball against Kai Havertz – to within two points of the summit and one behind Arsenal. Perhaps Villa really are bona fide title contenders, as Pep Guardiola suggested in midweek.
Written by Ben Fisher at Villa Park
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/dec/09/aston-villa-arsenal-premier-league-match-report under the title “John McGinn sinks Arsenal to deliver another statement win for Aston Villa”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.