That was a wild one.
Arsenal have defeated Aston Villa 2 - 1 in a game that could be best described as "IEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIEIEEIIEIEIIEIIIIEEEKAJ;FAKLSJDAFJAADJAFKS;DLFJ". Neither team seemed particularly bothered by little things like defending or shape. We'll have a full report for you in a couple hours, but for now, here are some quick thoughts:
-- Here's Arsenal's second goal from Cazorla:
[and 7500 to Holte]
-- Arsenal need to figure out how to press again. Midfielders might as well have not even been there at times today.
-- How many counters are we going to give this team from our own corner kicks?
-- Carl Jenkinson, overall, had a pretty solid showing against Gabriel Agbonlahor. He had a few moments of weirdness but was able to recover.
-- Arsenal sometimes, in addition to pressing, seem to miss a ball-winner in midfield, but Mikel Arteta was doing his best to intercept things today.
-- At least seven misplaced, easy passes from our midfield led directly to vicious Villa counters today.
-- We had two chances when we should have squared but shot instead, and for the most part our aerial crosses were woeful.
-- Nacho was leaving a ton of space behind him, but did well on our second goal.
What are your reactions? Who do you think stood out or derped so hard today?