Arsenal with the ball in the Villa half, but playing in front of the home defence. Zinchenko’s ball forwards towards Trossard was overhit and poor.
You do wonder if Arsenal need Zinchenko, Jorginho and Xhaka on the pitch in this scenario. Things opened up for Arsenal there, with Odegaard spreading play to Saka but his shot was all wrong.
Eddie Nketiah loops a header against the top of the crossbar! Mikel Arteta has his head in his hands after Ben White reaches the byline on the right inside the penalty area and lifts a cross in front of goal, where the striker gets between two defenders to send his effort in the opposite direction.
Arsenal’s team were out early. They need to pull something out of the fire, here. The more they push forward though, you wonder if they will be sucker-punched. Next goal is vital.
There’s an opportunity for Jorginho to shoot from the edge of the box but he decides to send the ball into the box for Ben White.
No changes for either side at the break. Villa will move level with 10th-placed Chelsea if they win this game.
For Arsenal, as you will doubtless incessantly hear if they do not turn this around, the implications in the title race are potentially critical.
White has to put on the burners but manages to get to the ball before flicking a cross into the box at the byline.
Eddie Nketiah rises above Matty Cash to win the header and nods it onto the crossbar!