Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa LIVE! Martinelli goal - Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

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Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa LIVE! Martinelli goal - Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

Arsenal vs Aston Villa LIVE!

Arsenal edged to a fifth successive Premier League victory of the season as Gabriel Martinelli hit the winner against Aston Villa on a night of questionable goalkeeping at the Emirates Stadium.

A deserved 2-1 win meant the Gunners remained top of the table with a perfect record, with Martinelli settling the game after Douglas Luiz had levelled direct from a corner. Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez had earlier gifted Gabriel Jesus the opener as Steven Gerrard’s side slipped to a fourth defeat, heaping the pressure on the former England captain.

For the second home game in a row, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal showed their guile to seal the three points after they had come from behind to beat Fulham four days earlier.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa highlights

  • GOAL! Gabriel Jesus makes breakthrough

  • GOAL! Douglas Luiz straight from a corner

  • GOAL! Martinelli hits back instantly

Arsenal FC 2 - 1 Aston Villa FC

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Another win for Arsenal in fairly nervy circumstances...

Recap the action with our match report!

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Analysis

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Arsenal kept up their perfect start to the Premier League season by beating Aston Villa, but this was a night that was far more stressful than it should have been.

The Gunners were utterly dominant for 90 per cent of Wednesday’s game however they were so nearly punished by one lapse in concentration.

Read Simon’s full piece from the Emirates here!

Player ratings

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Martin Odegaard - 8 | Star man

Really feels like he is coming into his own after a steady start in the first two games. Some of his vision and passing is on a different level to his team-mates.

Read the full story!

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Mikel Arteta gives his thoughts

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“Really happy with the result, the first half was one of the best we’ve played. It became a transitional game in the second half, without really allowing anything to game but a corner it’s game on. We didn’t kill it so we had to keep playing our game and have discipline. The reaction shows the level of belief we have, we carry on, scored, the crowd was magnificent.”

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Gabriel Martinelli gives his reaction

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“The key was staying patient and we deserved the win. We always try to score and we conceded from a set piece. We were upset but went in and scored another goal - that’s the mentality we need to have. Gabriel Jesus is a beast! Everywhere on the pitch.”

The match winner

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Big scenes of celebration at full time!

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Don’t tell Gabby Agbonlahor...

FULL TIME!

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Arsenal win! Again!

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90+5 mins: Nketiah has been a fine and able runner since coming on and races down the middle before letting fly, his shot cruising over the bar.

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90+3 mins: Gabriel battles with Ings to win a goal kick, Ings going down very easily in search for a penalty. No dice.

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90 mins: Five minutes added on...

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89 mins: Nketiah scampers away with a fine run down the right to ease off the Villa pressure.

Calm play from Arsenal on the ball inside their opponents’ half, Digne eventually sticking in a nice tackle on Nketiah by the 18-yard line.

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87 mins: A huge cheer for Gabriel’s sliding clearance but Villa work it to win a corner, which Ramsdale gets underneath to punch.

Two changes from Arteta as Holding and Nketiah replace Jesus and Saka.

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83 mins: A bit of a worry for Arsenal with Ramsdale needing treatment on his right leg.

He’ll carry on for now with Ings coming on for Villa, replacing Kamara. An attacking change.

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

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[After 1-1]: Arsenal undone in bizarre fashion. What did we say about killing the game?

[About 30 seconds later]: I’ll shut up now.

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80 mins: Odegaard, clearly still hurt from that earlier McGinn foul, comes off for Smith Rowe.

A standing ovation from the home crowd but, to be fair, nobody is sitting down at the Emirates right now!

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79 mins: Villa win a free-kick in a good spot for Coutinho to whip in, but it’s too flat and Ramsdale snatches it at the near post.

What a mad game this has been...

GGOOOOOAAALLLL!!!! Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa | Martinelli

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76 mins: THE GUNNERS LEAD AGAIN!

How’s that for a response?

Martinelli comes down the left and the ball is worked wide to Saka, a cross finds the Brazilian in acres of space and a fairly tame effort is flapped at by Martinez!

GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa | Douglas Luiz

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74 mins: IT’S IN FROM THE CORNER!

Douglas Luiz, straight off the bench, whips in a corner and it beats Ramsdale! VAR says no foul!

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73 mins: CHANCE!

Bailey threatens down the right and drills an effort towards goal, Ramsdale tagging it over the bar.

Two changes from Gerrard before the corner as McGinn and Buendia come off for Luiz and Coutinho.

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70 mins: Another notch up on the pressure-ometer from the Gunners as Jesus is crowded out in the box as he looks to trick his way towards goal.

Tomiyasu launches down the right shortly after but his cross is blocked and deflects off him for a goal kick.

Surely a second will kill this game off?

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68 mins: McGinn bulldozes through Odegaard to earn a yellow card. The Arsenal captain is hurt but will carry on.

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67 mins: Arteta is practically on the pitch as he barks instructions during a spell of Villa possession.

It doesn’t last long, they’ve had only 37 per cent of the ball all night, and Arsenal come again - but Martinelli overhits his return ball to Xhaka and it goes into touch.

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64 mins: Tomiyasu replaces White at right-back for Arsenal.

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62 mins: Better from Arsenal.

Martinelli beats Cash in a physical battle and roams down the left, escaping Kamara before Konsa sticks a foot in to concede the corner.

The Brazilian’s ball in is stabbed away from Jesus at the back stick but remains in play, Martinez snatching the second ball in.

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

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Arsenal still yet to find the goal that can kill this game. Arteta has sent out Smith Rowe to warm up. Feels like changes incoming soon.

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55 mins: Martinez sprawls to his left to parry Odegaard’s free-kick effort, although it was probably going wide.

The corner is then claimed by the Argentine and there is a bit of a to-do with Jesus afterwards.

Rob Jones calms it all down. A bit of a weird one as the Villa keeper flopped to the ground after wrapping his arm around the striker’s neck...

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53 mins: Not clicking yet for Arsenal, Odegaard pinging a hopeful through ball towards nobody in particular and into touch.

A pretty big test for the Gunners coming up as Villa will scrap until the last moment, or should do anyway.

Speaking of which, Konsa enters the book for holding back Jesus.

Meanwhile, at Anfield...

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50 mins: Not quite falling Arsenal’s way early on in the half as a move is ended by a Xhaka handball from Kamara’s clearance.

Plenty of noise ringing around the Emirates, though.

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47 mins: Absolute stonewall booking for Saliba as he yanks back Watkins having lost the Villa striker.

Kick-off!

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We are back underway at the Emirates!

Second-half coming up!

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Sitting comfortably? It could be a long half for Villa fans...

The only goal (so far)

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Around the grounds

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Half-time!

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It’s (only) 1-0 to Arsenal.

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45+2 mins: SAVE!

Martinelli fires a beautiful half-volley from 25 yards, after a knockdown from Xhaka, and Martinez dives superbly to tip it over.

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45 mins: The mother of all goalmouth scrambles somehow sees the score stay 1-0.

Jesus is denied by Martinez, Cash scrambles Saka off the line, Jesus blocks Tierney’s shot and somehow Martinez eventually grabs it.

Two minutes of stoppage time.

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42 mins: Martinez comes out well to punch Odegaard’s free-kick deep from the right.

Villa will be happy to escape without conceding a second before the break but they almost break in for a leveller...

Cash crosses for Buendia but Lokonga sticks a foot out to divert the ball straight to Ramsdale!

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39 mins: Odegaard booked for Watkins going down a touch easily under pressure. Hardly a cynical tackle.

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38 mins: The home team pressure is going nowhere and only an overhit Odegaard ball into Saka ends their latest foray.

From the goal kick, Martinez and Mings get it all wrong and manage to concede a corner - better than a goal at least!

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35 mins: Can Villa respond? Well, a second Arsenal goal looks more likely right now.

Jesus shows off some neat footwork to keep a move alive by the corner of the box before Xhaka, who delivered a cross off a fine run for the goal, loops the ball into touch.

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

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Martinez has been getting pelters from the fans all night, no chance of that stopping now.

GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa | Gabriel Jesus

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30 mins: JESUS WITH A REBOUND!

A cross from the left takes a little touch and Martinez simply fumbles it right to Gabriel Jesus. Big mistake.

It’s an easy finish for the Brazilian striker and Arsenal lead.

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27 mins: A bit of a counter from the visitors led by Bailey and Cash, before Buendia pops up to slot an effort straight at Ramsdale.

Gabriel is looking a little ropey at the back for Arsenal...

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

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Mystifying how Arsenal aren’t ahead yet but they need to make all this domination count for something. Villa surely can’t be this poor for the whole game?

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23 mins: MISS!

Saka has to score! Martinelli races away down the left, set up by Xhaka, and the cross is ideal for Saka but his weaker-footed effort at the far post flies over with the goal gaping.

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21 mins: Arsenal are moving the ball quickly and running hard with eight shots already fired off. How long can they keep this up?

Kamara sticks a foot in on Odegaard, another decent outing so far from the Villa anchor man, before Jesus loses the ball to a goal kick.

Arsenal have been knocked off the top...

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16 mins: HUGE CHANCE!

Arsenal break in behind again and Jesus is denied by Martinez after getting the better of Mings.

Villa fail to clear and Odegaard has TWO efforts deflected away from the goalline.

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14 mins: Ramsey takes a booking for flying into a challenge, he got the ball yet was off the ground. An inch or two higher and that could be a red.

Martinelli is fine to continue after looking hurt. Villa living up to the atmosphere, here.

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

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Aaron Ramsdale spoke about the improved atmosphere at the Emirates and you can feel it in the first 10 minutes here. Arsenal are electric and feeding off their fans.

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11 mins: SAVE!

A lovely, speedy move from Arsenal draws a save from Martinez at his near post from Gabriel Jesus.

Villa cannot clear the corner and it falls to Gabriel... deflected JUST WIDE!

Another huge roar goes up!

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9 mins: Now McGinn, still angry about that elbow from Lokonga, lands a challenge on White to concede a foul.

A proper Premier League clash under the lights, this!

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7 mins: FURY from the Gunners fans after Saka breaks into the box, clearly receiving a shirt tug before Mings manhandles him to the ground.

Nothing given and VAR is having a look...

Chants of “V-A-R” aren’t enough to send Robert Jones to the screen.

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5 mins: McGinn is down after eating an elbow from Lokonga in the air, nothing the Scot cannot shake off with not even a foul awarded before play is stopped. It was six of one, to be fair.

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3 mins: A real feisty atmosphere inside the Emirates tonight as Villa win an early free-kick in their own box.

An early opening for Buendia as Watkins shifts a ball through Gabriel but the shot is sent over the bar.

Kick-off!

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A big roar from the home fans - they are right up for this...

Here come the players!

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Kick-off is coming up...

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Mikel Arteta has praised Martin Odegaard’s start to life as Arsenal club captain, on and off the pitch.

“He’s more humble I would say - even more,” he said. “At 23 he has already had a lot of experience and a lot of pressure, especially individually.

“He’s played for [Real] Madrid and knows what it’s about. He does it all natural, nothing worries him, and he’s developing that even more.”

Ten-minute warning!

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The warm-ups are complete and Arsenal’s 100 per-cent record will face another test shortly...

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Steven Gerrard previews the game

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“We were always going to utilise our squad so hopefully the four new faces bring a bit of freshness. The performance [vs West Ham] was largely very good. We have to take our fans’ reaction on the chin, tonight we can prove a lot of people wrong.”

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Aaron Ramsdale has backed ­Arsenal to turn Emirates Stadium into a fortress, because it is now louder than he has ever known.

Ramsdale joined Arsenal a year ago and has noticed a change in the mood, with the fans fully behind the team even when things have gone wrong.

“I think [calling it] a fortress, it is quite early on, but the fans have been unbelievable,” said the goalkeeper.

“[William] Saliba scores an own-goal last week and they started singing his name. Gabi made a mistake against Fulham and the fans were unbelievable. It’s the loudest I have heard it.”

Read the full story!

Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium

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Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles is not in the squad tonight because he is set to join Southampton on loan for the season.

The 25-year-old is in the final stages of sealing a move to the south coast after fielding interest from other Premier League clubs, including Bournemouth.

Maitland-Niles will join Southampton for the rest of the 2022-23 campaign and also extend his Arsenal contract - due to expire next summer - by a year. The loan deal is also expected to include the option for a permanent transfer in 2023.

Read the full story!

Chambers among quartet dropped by Villa

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Steven Gerrard has made three changes to his Aston Villa side with another new formation in the offing.

It looks like a 4-3-3 with Tyrone Mings, Leon Bailey, Emi Buendia and Jacob Ramsey called up.

Calum Chambers, Douglas Luiz, Philippe Coutinho and Danny Ings drop to the bench.

One change for the Gunners

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As expected, Albert Sambi Lokonga replaces the injured Mohamed Elneny in the Arsenal XI.

Oleksandr Zinchenko and Thomas Partey remain absent, leading to a chance for 21-year-old midfielder Matt Smith on the bench. He spent last year on loan at Doncaster and is yet to make his Gunners debut.

Here’s your Aston Villa starting XI

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Aston Villa XI: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne; McGinn, Kamara, Ramsey; Bailey, Watkins, Buendia.

Subs: Olsen, Chambers, Augustinsson, Young, Douglas Luiz, Iroegbunam, Coutinho, Archer, Ings.

How Arsenal line up tonight

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Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Lokonga, Xhaka; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

Subs: Turner, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Holding, Smith, Vieira, Smith Rowe, Marquinhos, Nketiah.

Fowler backs Gerrard

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Steven Gerrard has received a vote of confidence from old Liverpool teammate Robbie Fowler amid the growing pressure on the Aston Villa manager.

He wrote for the Mirror: “I have to confess I’ve been alternating between incredulity and laughter when I’ve seen some of the stuff flying around about Steven Gerrard already this season.

“Under pressure after three games? One of the favourites to be the first Premier League manager to be sacked? Do me a favour!

“Yeah, he’s made some tough decisions, called a few of his players out. That’s what managers are paid to do. Do you honestly think Klopp or Guardiola don’t do that?”

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Deadline day preview

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A whole host of names have been linked with Arsenal ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

Luckily, we’ve totted up the latest on (practically) every player linked with the Gunners!

Read our full update here.

The stage is set!

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Tonight’s team news will be with us about 15 minutes’ time...

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Head-to-head record

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A streaky recent history between these two teams has led to a run of 14 meetings without a draw.

Arsenal won both games last season to end a stretch of three defeats in a row, which itself came after the Gunners beat Villa in seven-straight meetings.

Arsenal wins: 85

Draws: 45

Aston Villa wins: 69

Evening Standard score prediction

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The Gunners are absolutely flying, even if they had a bit of a scare against Fulham at the weekend.

Aston Villa look almost clueless, and Steven Gerrard’s job certainly looks under threat, and Arsenal should have no trouble making it five wins from five.

Arsenal to win 3-1.

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Predicted Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Lokonga, Xhaka; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.

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Aston Villa have no fresh injury concerns, though Tyrone Mings will be assessed ahead of the game after being struck down by illness. Diego Carlos is out for the foreseeable.

Early team news

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Arsenal will likely still be without both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Thomas Partey, after the pair were surprise injury absences against Fulham.

Mohamed Elneny has also been ruled out with a hamstring issue.

How to watch

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TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised live on BT Sport 4, with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website or app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog right here! Helmed by Marc Mayo with Simon Collings at the Emirates for expert analysis.

Good evening!

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Welcome to Standard Sport’s coverage of Arsenal versus Aston Villa!

Kick-off is at 7.30pm BST from the Emirates Stadium and you can keep up to date with how the league leaders get on via our live blog.

Follow for all the build-up, match action and reaction!

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