[Editor’s Note] Every match, Liam - our young writer - selects a ‘man of the match’ - win, lose or draw. Today, his selection is Tyrone Mings. Thanks Liam!
It is the hope that kills you! Dean Smith’s side were 2-1 up against Arsenal and with only 30 minutes of normal time to be played, two goals within four minutes helped secure the Gunners a 3-2 win over the Villans leaving the away side in the relegation zone after 6 games played.
With 58.4% possession, Arsenal’s attack were a consistent annoyance towards Aston Villa’s defence with Unai Emery’s side taking 21 shots on goal and making 467 passes but for the majority of the game Smith’s backline resembled a brick wall with only 6 of the home side’s shots on target. However when a side is consistently defending for a large amount of time, those players will start to become tired and the overriding concern for the manager is the players’ fitness as they start to become exhausted. Dean Smith should have made his substitutions earlier on in the game and the consequence for not doing so is that Villa do not leave North London with any points.
Near the end of the fixture, fatigue became prevalent throughout Aston Villa’s squad however the Villa faithful can not fault their team’s commitment or work rate throughout the game as the boys in claret and blue gave everything to the cause however silly mistakes once again cost us valuable points. One man shone for the majority of the match, led the back line and portrayed his leadership qualities fit for a club captain. That man was Tyrone Mings.
The England international proved once again why Gareth Southgate selected him for the national team with the defender portraying his tenacity, communication skills and physicality as well as his ability to distribute the ball accurately over long distances. Unfortunately Mings’ composed nature resulted in Arsenal equalising in the 81st minute. The 26-year old headed the ball into the path of Callum Chambers who toe-poked the ball into the top corner however throughout footballer’s career Tyrone Mings has been resilient with the defender working his way up from Non-League to the Premier League. With that in mind, even though for most of the game he was fantastic against the Gunners, the Englishman will come back even stronger and ready for the Villans next Premier League fixture at home against Burnley.
I will reiterate this point again! “Positivity needs to be the dominant emotion in order for us to thrive as a football club.” We haven’t had the best of starts to life back in England’s top division however we need to continue to support Dean Smith and the boys in claret and blue in order to survive.