Arsenal were made to pay for a sloppy opening as Ollie Watkins’ goal secured Aston Villa a 1-0 Premier League win at Villa Park on Saturday.
Any hopes of a first half reminiscent of the one at Molineux were dashed when Cedric’s lazy pass to Gabriel let Bertrand Traore in. His cross into the box found Watkins, whose effort took a fortunate deflection off Rob Holding and crept its way past Mat Ryan.
Traore was also guilty of a poor miss in that first half, one where Arsenal performed most of their tasks adequately up until the final third.
A combination of poor decision making and weak final balls prevented them from causing Villa any real danger, despite both Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe seeing plenty of the ball in wide areas.