Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal: Player ratings as Saka nets Arsenal’s 2,000th Premier League goal

Arsenal took their all-time Premier League goal tally to 2,000 as Bukayo Saka fired his side to a comfortable 1-0 win over Aston Villa.

The first opportunity of the game fell to Emile Smith Rowe after just a few minutes. Saka found Martin Odegaard and the Norwegian dropped the ball off to Smith Rowe, but the team’s top scorer couldn’t keep his effort down.

Former Gunner Emi Martinez was called on just a few minutes later to make a sublime instinctive save after the ball was unwittingly ricocheted towards his bottom corner by the returning Ezri Konsa.

It was all Arsenal in the opening stages, with Saka, Odegaard and Smith Rowe absolutely running the show. Their intricate passing was a massive problem for Villa’s backline, who were clearly hanging on for their lives at times.

It was always just a matter of time before Arsenal took the lead and, predictably, it came through Saka. The winger was waiting at the edge of the box and ran on to a knockdown to drive a low effort through a mass of bodies and beyond Martinez – Arsenal’s 2,000th goal in the Premier League.

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