Arsenal maintained their 100% start to the season to remain at the top of the Premier League with a narrow win over a lackluster Aston Villa side.
The result is likely to put even more pressure on Villa boss Steven Gerrard, who has seen his side lose four of their first five games.
However, he might have little to complain about here as his side struggle to match the intensity of the hosts, especially in a one-sided first half.
Gabriel Jesus’ third goal of the season was a meager reward for Arsenal’s first-half dominance. The Brazilian striker swept past Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez with a small try after botching Granit Xhaka’s deflected shot.
And while Villa improved after the break, leveling straight from a Douglas Luiz corner – when Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale protested he was being obstructed by Boubacar Kamara – they were level for less than three minutes.
Mikel Arteta’s side, consistently the bigger threat, immediately went back on the offensive and regained their lead when Gabriel Martinelli converted a well-placed cross from Bukayo Saka.
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Game ends, Arsenal 2, Aston Villa 1.
Second half ends, Arsenal 2, Aston Villa 1.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lucas Digne (Aston Villa).
attempt failed. Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Takehiro Tomiyasu after a quick break.
attempt failed. Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emile Smith Rowe.
Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal).
Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Gabriel Jesus.
Substitution Arsenal. Rob Holding replaces Bukayo Saka.
Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa).
Corner, Aston Villa. Cashed in by Emile Smith Rowe.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Danny Ings replaces Boubacar Kamara.
Substitution Arsenal. Emile Smith Rowe replaces Martin Odegaard.
Foul by Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal).
Lucas Digne (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Martin Odegaard (Arsenal).
Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Arsenal 2, Aston Villa 1 Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box, high to the center of the goal. Assisted by Bukayo Saka.