Mikel Arteta witnessed Arsenal’s worst performance under him at the Emirates last night. The Gunners were hammered 3-0 by an Aston Villa side who were fighting to stay in the Premier League not too long ago.
Yes, the Villans have improved a lot, but losing in that fashion at home is unacceptable. A Bukayo Saka own goal in the 25th minute gave the visitors a deserved lead before the break.
We lost Thomas Partey due to injury at half-time and our midfield looked clueless without him. Villa’s £33 million (BBC) summer arrival, Ollie Watkins, scored twice in three minutes to seal a very well deserved victory for his side at the Emirates.
Watkins is a Gooner
The striker spoke to Sky Sports after his brace where he admitted that he and his family are Arsenal supporters.
He said: “I’m not sure my grandad or uncle Baz are going to be too happy. They are Arsenal fans and I am an Arsenal fan myself – but I’m buzzing. I am sure they will love it really. I am over the moon.”
Watkins did everything Arsenal’s strikers failed to do last night. The Englishman troubled our defenders consistently. His movement off the ball was impressive, he held the ball up well and most importantly, he took his chances in front of goal.
At the other end, Alexandre Lacazette missed a header which he should have scored. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hasn’t had a shot on target from open play since the game against Sheffield United over a month ago, while Willian has been extremely poor since after our first game of the season.
Mikel Arteta needs to get back to the drawing board. Just nine league goals in eight games is a dreadful record, and if that does not improve immediately after the break, we can kiss our hopes of a top-four finish goodbye.
Lacazette is not doing himself any favours with misses like last night’s. He has less than two years left on his deal, and if his poor form continues, Arsenal might as well make a move for a Gooner in Watkins to replace the Frenchman.