Arsenal opened up a four-point gap over Manchester United in the Premier League after Bukayo Saka’s first-half strike earned them a 1-0 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday.
Back to winning ways ! ?
My knees though?? pic.twitter.com/v3ixgGSyAS
— Bukayo Saka (@BukayoSaka87) March 19, 2022
Looking to get back to winning ways following their midweek defeat to Liverpool — their first loss in seven in all competitions — Arsenal dominated the opening period in the Villa Park sunshine.
Their fine, flowing first-half football deserved more than the one goal given to them by Saka on the half-hour mark — Arsenal’s 2,000th Premier League strike.
Villa did not have a single shot, on or off target, in the first half, but improved after the break, finally having an effort at goal in the 61st minute when midfielder John McGinn curled just wide.
? A strong team performance
✅ And a HUGE three points in the bag
? Catch all the highlights right here ? pic.twitter.com/Z6H3pCrq3R
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 19, 2022
However, Arsenal remained content to sit on their 1-0 lead until the final whistle, holding on in relative comfort to move on to 54 points, four clear of United in their bid to secure the final Champions League qualification spot.
A second successive defeat for a below-par Villa means they stay ninth.