Arsenal tumbled to a second straight Premier League loss when Ollie Watkins’ early goal brought Aston Villa to a 1-0 win on Saturday

Mikel Arteta’s team fell behind after just 74 seconds at Villa Park and couldn’t give a convincing answer

Arsenal lost at Wolves on Tuesday and have now played three league games without a win

The Gunners are in tenth place, nine points behind the top four, as their faint hopes of qualifying for the Champions League seem less realistic day by day

When Arsenal faced Villa in November, they suffered a lackluster 3-0 defeat that slipped them towards the relegation zone

Although Arsenal had managed to fight their way back to the table, the eighth villa again showed the shortcomings that still plague Arteta’s men

Lacking edge, Arsenal have only scored once in the last three games and are still unable to focus on their backs

Villa took the lead with her earliest goal in the Premier League since 2014, aided by some sad defenses against the Gunners

Arsenal’s Cedric Soares passed the ball and Bertrand Traore crossed the unmarked Watkins, whose shot was fired by a distraction from Rob Holding

When Villa defender Ezri Konsa and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette faced each other, it looked like the new Premier League concussion replacement rule was going to be applied for the first time, but the pair were eventually able to keep playing

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was an excellent save to keep Villa in the lead when he tilted Granit Xhaka’s free kick Holding headed just before the corner

After Bernd Leno was banned, Mat Ryan made his first appearance for Arsenal after being loaned from Brighton

Ryan did a good job keeping Traore’s short-range chip out before Gabriel blocked Ross Barkley’s follow-up

Villa had won 10 of the 11 league games in which they scored the first goal of the season

You were back on top by the beginning of the second half and John McGinn’s explosion was saved by Ryan

Barkley shot a shot from Jack Grealish shortly after a nice run and opened the Arsenal defense

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was back in the squad for the second time in a row after his mother’s illness and came off the bench 30 minutes before the end of the game

The Gabonese striker couldn’t convert Nicolas Pepe’s cross when Martinez hit him with an outstretched hand

Pepe was Arsenal’s only bright spark, and the Ivorian’s low blow forced Martinez to save with his feet

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