Two goals in the last ten minutes broke Aston Villa hearts and sent the Emirates Stadium wild as Arsenal snatched the win.
An 81st-minute Calum Chambers goal brought the game all even.
Then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s broke the visitors’ hearts when he bagged all three points with an 89th-minute free-kick.
John McGinn put Villa up in the 20th minute, after getting on the end of Anwar El Ghazi’s cross.
1-0 to Aston Villa
If being down at home to a newly promoted side wasn’t bad enough for Unai Emery and his side, they then saw Ainsley Maitland-Niles sent off for a second bookable offense in just the 41st minute.
1-0 to the West Midlands side at half time. Arsenal still had 45 minutes to play with only ten men.
It was almost 15 minutes after the restart, that Arsenal got the breakthrough they needed…. A penalty in the 59th minute which was converted by Nicolas Pepe!
The new 80 million Euro signing finally opened his goal-scoring account at the Emirates.
1-1 with half an hour to play.
It took Villa less than a minute to respond.
In the 60th minute, Arsenal once again failed to stop a cross into the box. This time it was Wesley getting on the end of the ball supplied by Jack Grealish.
2-1 to Aston Villa with half an hour to go, Unai Emery and Arsenal were now in a desperate situation.
While Arsenal’s play was generally sloppy and poor, they applied pressure on the visiting side and searched for a way back into the game.
That did not come until the 81st minute when substitute Calum Chambers shot from close range to even things up and salvage at least a draw.
Aston Villa would have felt aggrieved to not get all three points. However, to come to the Emirates and leave with something was an achievement in itself for them.
Dean Smith’s men were desperate to hang on but in the 89th minute, they conceded a free kick in a dangerous area.
Up stepped Gabon international Aubameyang, to snatch all three points and break Villa hearts.
He curled the ball into the net from the edge of the penalty area, leaving Villa keeper Tom Heaton to just watch the ball sail past him.
Final score Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa !
For all of Aston Villa’s efforts, they probably deserved something from this game.
However, the reality is they are still stuck in the relegation zone. Having only won one, drawn one and lost four in the opening six games of the season tough times may lie ahead.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 22, 2019