Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa
After a great win over Manchester United, Arsenal were playing their Mr Jekyll today, totally outplayed, outfought and outclassed by a Villa team that had lost its last two games. Arsenal approached this game as if victory was assured and all too often this season we cannot move from first gear to fourth.
Arsenal started well with Walcott providing two great crosses, but there was nobodyto convert the chances. Then Riley got in onthe act. This man has never endeared himself to Arsenal fans since that dubious penalty at Old Trafford. Arsenal were on he attack when Davies went down under a fair challenge from Gallas, Davies stayed down in he box as the ball fell kindly to Diaby, but Riley could not wait a minute to see what would happen and blew the whistle so that Davies could get treatment. Davies, however, was on his feet before the physio arrived, and Arsenal’s momentum was lost.
Soon after that incident, Walcott madea allenge which eagle eye Riley deemed to be a foul and pointed to the spot, how happy must Riley have been at the moment? Almunia pulled off a great save from Young and Arsenal survived.
In all fairness to Villa they should have been one or tow goals up at half time.
In the second half Arsenal came out with some zip, Nasri who was anonymous in the first half started to link up well with Cesc, who was having a nightmare of a match. Arsenal however failed to break Villa down, we never got behind their defence whilst Bendtner was yet another player to havea nightmare of a game.
Riley’s inconsistency was there for all to see as Sagna fell down injured in the middle of the pitch, Riley did not stop play and from the resulting cross Clichy managed to head past Almunia. Arsenal pushed forward and again what looked like a foul to Arsenal was waved on by the referee, Villa cleared the ball and Agbonlahor out muscled and out run Gallas and Silvestre to make it 2-0 to Aston Villa.
Riley’s day was complete when Adebayor headed against the post and Riley point for a corner to Arsenal when Friedel was nowhere near the ball.
Arsenal were woeful today, there is no excuse for yet another lacklustre performance. Wenger said were are too inconsistent, yet he has no other options, the bench is bare and he is too stubborn to admit he made mistakes in the transfer market this summer.