Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Trezeguet goal dents Gunners Europa League chances

Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Trezeguet goal dents Gunners Europa League chances

- Aston Villa vs Arsenal ended disastrously for the Gunners who remain 10th on the log

- Trezeguet's strike mid-way into the first half ensured the hosts get out of the relegation zone

- Arsenal can only qualify for the Europa League if they defeat Chelsea in the FA Cup final

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It was a fight to the finish on Tuesday night, July 21 when Arsenal suffered a major setback in their quest to reach next season's Europa League as they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa.

The highly entertaining encounter saw the hosts leave temporarily leave the relegation zone, while Arsenal's quest for the Europa league was dashed.

Mikel Arteta's men looked so bright as they press for the lead and in the 13th minute, Bukayo Saka looked to capitalise against Ahmed Elmohamady down that left channel; he found Eddie Nketiah, whose first touch wasn't great and couldn't connect with the effort before Tyrone Mings cleared the danger.

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However the hosts struck in the 27th minute through Trezeguet who hovered towards the far post and fired in a Conor Hourihane corner to put his side 1-0.

In search for an equalizer, Frederic Guilbert was caught napping in the 39th minute as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won a corner for his side.

It was played short and Arsenal are then penalised for offside. Mikel Arteta itched his neck in the technical area - he looked quite anxious actually.

Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Trezeguet goal dents Gunners Europa League chances
Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Gunners lose 1-0 away from home. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Upon return of the second half, Aston Villa stepped-up their game as they went in search of a second goal.

Jack Grealish and Douglas Luiz missed a couple of chances to extend their lead as they wasted a couple of chances.

Arsenal came close in the 65th minute when Aubameyang dashed down the left channel and he made himself a couple of yards. The forward clipped across into the penalty area but there was no yellow shirt to apply the finish.

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Several efforts were made by both teams but it ended Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal.

With the result, the Gunners remain 10th on the Premier League standings with 53 points from 37 matches.

Villa on the other hand are now out of the relegation zone as Manchester City did them a good by whitewashing Watford 4-0. earlier reported that Manchester City cruised to a convincing 4-0 victory over struggling Watford at the Vicarage Road Stadium on Tuesday, July 21.

Raheem Sterling scored two beautiful goals while Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte scored one each to ensure they finish strong on the log.

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