Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal: Trezeguet winner lifts Villa out of bottom three

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal: Trezeguet winner lifts Villa out of bottom three

July 21, 2020

Aston Villa moved out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time since 28 February, with one game to go, after Trezeguet’s priceless winner against Arsenal.

Trezeguet beat Emiliano Martinez with a powerful first-time finish after Tyrone Mings had diverted a corner into the Egypt international’s path to lift his side above managerless Watford, who had started the day 17th before a heavy 4-0 home defeat by Manchester City, on goal difference.

Villa’s second win in three games sets up a dramatic final day at the bottom of the table on Sunday, which Villa will begin level on points with Watford and three points ahead of Bournemouth – with two of those three teams likely to go down.

Meanwhile, 16th-placed West Ham, who also play on Wednesday, still require one point to secure safety, although their goal difference ought to keep them up.

Arsenal, playing in their first match since reaching the FA Cup final, can now finish no higher than eighth after a disappointing performance by Mikel Arteta’s side, Eddie Nketiah going closest to equalising with a header which hit the post.

However, the Gunners will still have a big say in the relegation battle when they host Watford on Sunday.

During the match, a banner reading “Back Arteta Kroenke Out’ was towed by an aeroplane over Villa Park in reference to Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.

More to follow.

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Arsenal 0.

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Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Arsenal 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Henri Lansbury replaces John McGinn.

Booking

Joseph Willock (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Foul by Joseph Willock (Arsenal).

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John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Trézéguet (Aston Villa).

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Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

Booking

Matt Targett (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Foul by Matt Targett (Aston Villa).

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Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa).

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Attempt missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

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Foul by Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal).

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Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Foul by Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal).

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John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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