Arsenal vs Aston Villa: 2013/14 EPL live scores, blog

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    Can Arsenal actually challenge for the EPL or will their inconsistencies remain?

    Arsenal begin their 2013/14 English Premier League campaign by hosting Aston Villa at the Emirates tonight. We’ll have live scores and commentary from midnight.

    Gonzalo Higuain. Wayne Rooney. Luis Suarez. Luis Gustavo.

    None of these players will be lining up for Arsene Wenger’s Gunners outfit tonight.

    All were mentioned as potential transfer targets, with Wenger reportedly ready to loosen the purse strings and land a player of genuine world-class quality.

    Yet here we are in late August, and the only arrival at the Emirates has been Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer from Ligue 2 side Auxerre.

    Arsenal have gone through a seven-match preseason campaign with five wins, a draw and a loss with the two blemishes coming courtesy of Napoli (2-2) and Galatasaray (1-2) in Arsenal’s own Emirates Cup.

    They’ll be missing Mikel Arteta, who has been ruled out for 4-6 weeks with a thigh injury, while Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal will also be watching from the sidelines.

    For Villa, Yacouba Sylla and Chris Herd will be unavailable but manager Paul Lambert will otherwise have a full squad to choose from.

    It’s fair to say Villa haven’t had the most inspiring of pre-season campaigns. They drew their first four encounters before losing 2-0 to Luton, then coasted past the likes of Walsall, Crewe Alexandria and Shamrock Rovers, before losing 3-2 to Malaga last weekend.

    The good news is that target man Christian Benteke, who recently signed a four-year extension to stay at Villa Park, has been scoring during the pre-season.

    Should Benteke stay fit, we should be seeing a 20-goal season from the Belgian.

    If Wenger’s defensive pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are slow to begin then Benteke could be the one to take advantage.

    Prediction: 1-1

    Arsenal vs Aston Villa INFOGRAPHIC (Courtesy of WhoScored.com)

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    • Roar Guru

      2:25am
      Zee said | 2:25am | ! Report

      New Season , Same thrill. Well deserved by Villa, Guzan is a gun yet smart GK, Benteke & Luna looked lively, Arsenal problems there. Great Match

    • Editor

      2:06am
      Chad Bennett said | 2:06am | ! Report

      Anyway, that will be all for tonight. Very interesting there, pretty decent performance from Villa actually. Think there will be plenty of fallout with Wenger and the home side, but we will see.

    • Editor

      2:02am
      Chad Bennett said | 2:02am | ! Report

      Elswhere:

      Norwich 2 – 2 Everton
      Sunderland 0 – 1 Fulham
      West Bromwich Albion 0 – 1 Southampton
      West Ham 2 – 0 Cardiff

    • Editor

      2:01am
      Chad Bennett said | 2:01am | ! Report

      FULL TIME: Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa

      Well, well, well. Pretty toxic atmosphere at the Emirates in the end as Arsenal through away an early lead. Two penalties to Benteke put Villa in front, and then Arsenal’s chances of a comeback took a turn for the worse when Laurent Koscielny was sent off for his second yellow card. Antonio Luna then made it 3-1 from a sweeping counter, and the boos the began to ring out as the vitriol swtiched from the referee to Arsene Wenger.

      • Roar Guru

        1:52pm
        Brent Ford said | 1:52pm | ! Report

        Looks like Arsenal are falling apart. As a Tottenham supporter I love this, waking up after falling asleep after the Giroud goal was all the more sweeter. Villa are heavily underrated I think. Benteke in my opinion is world class and it is sad Tottenham couldn’t have gotten him.

    • Editor

      1:55am
      Chad Bennett said | 1:55am | ! Report

      90 + 2′ Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa

      Again, Villa break quickly and this time through Bacuna, who had come on for Weimann.

      Podolski has come onto replace Sagna for the final minute or so.

    • Editor

      1:53am
      Chad Bennett said | 1:53am | ! Report

      90′ Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa

      Very, very flat atmosphere here now. There will be three minutes of injury time. Played is again stopped, with Sagna again receiving treatment after a fairly heacy fall.

      Camera panning to to rows and rows of empty seats, and a stream of fans walking out. Dear oh dear.

    • Editor

      1:51am
      Chad Bennett said | 1:51am | ! Report

      87′ Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa

      Ugly scenes here at the Emirates. Chants of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ have rung out, banners have been unfurled in Wenger’s and half of the stadium has left. Brutal opening day here for Arsenal, and really intensifies the pressure on Wenger after next to no signings.

    • Editor

      1:47am
      Chad Bennett said | 1:47am | ! Report

      85′ Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa

      VILLA GOAL!!

      • Editor

        1:48am
        Chad Bennett said | 1:48am | ! Report

        Arsenal’s defence has been diabolical all afternoon, and Luna this time is allowed to stroll into the area, send Szczesny the wrong way, and finish for Aston Villa’s third. Villa will be taking all three points back to Birmingham!

    • Editor

      1:44am
      Chad Bennett said | 1:44am | ! Report

      82′ Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa

      Giroud plays a ball into the path of Wilshere, who appears to get some contact before going down, and the Emirates bay for a penalty…but it falls on deaf ears. Probably playing for it a bit there, is Jack.

      Ramsey then tries his luck from about 20 out, a low effort that Guzan easily collects. Arsenal definitely look like they will create chances in the final ten.

    • Editor

      1:42am
      Chad Bennett said | 1:42am | ! Report

      80′ Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa

      Lovely ball plays Benteke into the area, he takes a steadying touch and hits a shot across Szczesny toward the near post, but it rolls ver narrowly wide.

    • Editor

      1:41am
      Chad Bennett said | 1:41am | ! Report

      78′ Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa

      Cazorla now into the book for a fairly ordinary lunging challenge of Delph, it appears to be. Been a busy afternoon for the referee, Anthony Taylor.

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