Aston Villa 1 – Arsenal 0.

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Aston Villa continued to be the best at home when they beat Arsenal 1-0, making the top spot this week switch to Liverpool instead.

The game started with both teams having fun exchanging games, but in the 7th minute it was Aston Villa who took the lead 1-0 when Leon Bailey came through on the starboard side and snatched a pass into the middle for John Mae. Quinn turned to catch the ball before shooting with his left into the net UFABET

Arsenal then tried to advance in the attack. In the 32nd minute, Martin Odegaard passed to Bukayo Saka, who escaped the home defense and shot with his left hand in the right penalty area, but Emiliano came. Martinez was still excellent, making a great save.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 9: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal FC at Villa Park on December 9, 2023 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Neal Simpson/Sportsphoto/Allstar via Getty Images)

The Gunners should have equalized in the 36th minute. When Gabriel Magalhaes set out wide on the left side for Gabriel Martinelli to break through and curl past Martinez. Then the ball was about to enter the goal. But Diego Carlos was still able to follow and kick it in time.

Arsenal continued to attack hard in the 39th minute. Odegaard received the ball from Jesus and looked for an angle until he found a space to hit with his left hand in the penalty area. But Martinez still made a great save again.

The 42nd minute was still a chance for the Gunners as Jesus shot with his right in the left penalty area. But Martinez still fell down to make a great save before Lucas Digne came to kick it away.

At the end of the first half, Aston Villa were ahead 1-0.

At the beginning of the second half, the Gunners went ahead and attacked hard, but Martinez was still excellent, cutting off several important moments. And there was almost a penalty from Douglas Luiz kicking Jesus as well, but the VAR checked and got nothing.

In the 56th minute, Arsenal almost got an orange goal from a corner kick. Martinez deflected it and hit Ollie Watkins, who bounced and hit the post to cross the goal line, but it was still good for Diego Carr. Los was still able to kick him off the line in time.

The Gunners went hard in the 58th minute when Kai Havertz broke into the left side of the penalty area and opened the meeting point for Odegaard to shoot at a bad angle and out of the box.

Villa also had a scary counterattack. In the 68th minute, Ollie Watkins received the ball from Moussa Diaby and shot with his right in the penalty area, but David Raya was still able to save.

In the 90th minute, Arsenal managed to get the ball into the bottom of the net from a melee in front of goal. But the ball hit Havertz’s arm first. When VAR checked, it was considered a handball.

In the 90+8 minute, the Gunners had a chance to equalize when Rice launched the ball into the penalty area for Eddie Nketiah to head over the crossbar.

At the end of the game, Aston Villa beat Arsenal 1-0, ranking 3rd, just one point behind Arsenal and just 2 points behind Liverpool, the new leader, and setting a new record for the club winning home games in the league. It was the 15th match in a row.