10-man Arsenal returned to winning ways after beating Aston Villa 3-2 at the Emirates in an entertaining Premier League game.
John McGinn and Wesley scored the goals for the away side, while the Gunners got their goals through Nicolas Pepe, Calum Chambers and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
After an open start to the game, Villa took the lead in the middle of the first half when Anwar El Ghazi whipped in a dangerous cross for McGinn to tap home unmarked in the box.
On the stroke of half-time, Arsenal went down to 10 men after Ainsley Maitland-Niles made a needless tackle to earn his second yellow card.
They equalised through Pepe’s penalty in the 59th minute but were pegged back immediately with a good finish from Wesley.
The Gunners’ second equaliser came in the 81st minute after Tyrone Mings’ erroneous header fell kindly for Chambers to bundle home.
Three minutes later, Aubameyang won them the game with an accurate free-kick.
Here’s how we rated Arsenal players after this game:
Bernd Leno - 6
Even though he conceded two unsaveable goals, Leno did make a lot of good saves to keep Arsenal in the game.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles - 1
Couldn’t stop the cross for the first Villa goal and got sent off before half-time for making needless tackles, especially the second one.
Sokratis - 4
Sokratis wasn’t too good defensively and his play-acting was even worse.
David Luiz - 5
Started attacks with long-range passes but his defensive awareness continues to be weak.
Sead Kolasinac - 5
Some of his attacking runs and crosses did cause problems to the Villa defence. But, as a left-back, he leaves too many gaps for the opposition to counter into.
Granit Xhaka - 4
Another game and again it looked as if he is going to make mistakes every minute. Arsenal fans cheered when he was subbed off.
Matteo Guendouzi - 7
The youngster was defensively culpable for the opening Villa goal. However, he drove the team forward in the second half, won a penalty and hit the post with his effort.
Dani Ceballos - 6
Ceballos was Arsenal’s best creative player on the pitch but he is far too inconsistent when it comes to closing down opponents off the ball. Subbed off later on.
Nicolas Pepe - 6
Buried his penalty well in the second half but should have done better in the game to create chances for the team.
Bukayo Saka - 7
Making his first league start, Saka was lively from the first minute and caused a lot of problems. Unlucky to be subbed off at half-time due to uncontrollable circumstances.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 8
Once again, Aubameyang was Arsenal’s livewire up front and he broke Villans’ hearts at the end by scoring a sumptuous free-kick.
(SUB) Calum Chambers - 7
Came on at half-time to cover for the loss of Maitland-Niles and did well. Scored the second equaliser for the Gunners.
(SUB) Joe Willock - 6
Came on for the final 20 minutes and did well in midfield.
(SUB) Lucas Torreira - 5
Came on for the final 20 minutes to bring stability and semblance to the midfield.