Arsenal’s charge to reach the UEFA Champions League next season continues on a positive note, after beating Aston Villa 1-0 at Villa Park. A first half goal from Bukayo Saka not only saw the Gunners maintain a firm grip on fourth spot, but also sees the North London outfit reach 2,000 goals in the Premier League era.
FULL-TIME AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal
HALF-TIME AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal
STATS: Bukayo Saka’s strike for the Gunners means that Arsenal has scored 2,000 goals in the Premier League.
30′ MIN: Bukayo Saka picks up the ball from a rebound and from the edge of the box he unleashes a low shot into the bottom left corner. Emiliano Martinez is unable to keep the ball out of the net.
GOOOAAAALLL!!! Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal (B. Saka)
KICK-OFF AT VILLA PARK: Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal
Gunners gaffer Mikel Arteta has named German shot-stopper Bernd Leno in goal in place of Aaron Ramsdale who is out due to a hip injury, while Brazilian hitman Gabriel Martinelli is unavailable for the clash due to illness.
Villa boss Steven Gerrard has listed the usual suspects in Phillipe Coutinho, Matt Cash, Emi Buendia and Douglas Luiz in his starting XI.
Both sides come into this game having lost their respective matches last time out, and will be seeking to get a positive result at the end of 90 minutes. Aston Villa fell to West Ham United at the London Stadium while Arsenal lost 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to visiting Liverpool on Thursday.
Good afternoon and welcome to Apex Football’s LIVE Matchday 30 coverage of the English Premier League. Today’s coverage will be the fixture between Aston Villa and Arsenal set to go down at Villa Park in an early lunchtime kick-off.