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Player Ratings: Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa - Villans have an absolute shocker!

A woeful performance by the travelling Villans as Aston Villa fall to a third consecutive loss on Friday evening. Here’s how Cole rated the lads in claret and blue!

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Emi Martinez: 7/10

Absolutely left out to dry on a number of occasions and you truly have to feel for the Argentine in games such as this evening’s. Made a fantastic penalty save, but his heroics fell short due to the lack of support from his teammates.

Matty Cash: 4/10

Was often out of position and left far too many gaps in defensive areas. Often tried to create opportunities moving forward, but was extremely restricted with the lack of cohesion throughout the squad.

Ezri Konsa: 5/10

Made a number of important tackles and was Villa’s best center-back on the evening once again. The manner of this evening’s goals, however, will make it appear as though the likes of Konsa had a poor game.

Axel Tuanzebe: 4/10

Often looked rather panicked when on the ball and pressed by the Arsenal attackers.

Tyrone Mings: 4/10

The Villa captain, once again, looked fairly vulnerable and disorganized throughout the match. Struggled to take charge and was often in poor defensive positions, which led to a number of opportunities for Arsenal.

Matty Targett: 4/10

Feel slightly bad for Targett when Villa play in the 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation, with the left-back clearly not comfortable in the wing-back position. Grew slightly into the game in the second half as the change in formation allowed for him to get forward with the ball more often.

John McGinn: 5/10

Struggled to help get the midfield moving in the first half, but became the focal point in the midfield as the second half progressed.

Douglas Luiz: 4/10

Did not seem to have the typical energy and work rate that Villa fans have come to be familiar with when it comes to Luiz. His foul late in the second half depicted his frustrations on the evening.

Emi Buendia: 3/10

The Argentine’s worst performance in a Villa shirt thus far as he often gave the ball away when in possession and struggled to make passes on a number of occasions.

Ollie Watkins: 5/10

Watkins’ yellow card in the opening minutes of the game exemplified frustrations throughout the fan base on the evening. Grew into the game in the second half and you would have to say that he should have tucked home that wandering cross only seconds after Jacob Ramsey’s goal.

Danny Ings: 3/10

Completely invisible on the pitch due to the lack of team cohesion and it is clear for all to see that the Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings partnership up front does not work.


Leon Bailey (46 mins): 6/10

Looked to make the difference immediately, but was often left alone when it came to pushing Villa forward. Bailey must start next week against West Ham and that is an understatement!

Jacob Ramsey (68 mins): 7/10

Came on and provided a slight breath of fresh air for the away side as his first-ever senior goal was a true peach, with the ball finding the top right corner of the Arsenal goal.

Anwar El Ghazi (77 mins): N/A

MAN OF THE MATCH: Jacob Ramsey

Young Ramsey seemed to grow in confidence as soon as his shot found the back of the Arsenal goal and that will give him plenty of confidence, with Villa most likely looking to shake things up tactically next Sunday against West Ham. Always pleasing to see a local lad score for the Villa!

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