Mikel Arteta Blames Wind for Arsenal's 1:0 Defeat Against Aston Villa

Mikel Arteta Blames Wind for Arsenal's 1:0 Defeat Against Aston Villa

Fred Kennedy
updated at December 10, 2023 at 2:36 AM
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  • Aston Villa vs Arsenal Premier League clashes ended in a 1-0 defeat for the Gunners
  • John McGinn scored the only goal that separated the two teams in the seventh minute
  • Arsenal's defeat has them sitting second in the standings with 36 points, behind Liverpool

Mikel Arteta has bizarrely blamed the wind for Arsenal's disappointing defeat against Aston Villa on Saturday, December 9.

The Gunners suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Unai Emery's charges at Villa Park in what was a massive blow to their title bid.

Mikel Arteta gestures during a training session at London Colney in St Albans. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane.
Mikel Arteta gestures during a training session at London Colney in St Albans. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane.
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According to Sky Sports, John McGinn's fine finish in the seventh minute of the encounter was the only difference in the tie as the hosts held firm to claim maximum points.

Villa's epic win over the Gunners came barely four days after they stunned Manchester City by a similar scoreline at home.

The Saturday result saw Arsenal miss out on a glorious chance to return to the top of the Premier League standings, having dropped to second at the expense of Liverpool, who beat Crystal Palace 2-1.

Arteta blames wind for Villa defeat

Arteta has now bizarrely blamed the win following the north Londoners' humbling defeat at Villa Park.

While reflecting on his side's performance after the match, the Spaniard claimed that the windy conditions in Birmingham hurt their goalscoring opportunities.

"I think it was a bit windy today," Arteta said via Metro UK.
"You see a lot of misplaced balls or not having the right touch or not having the right accuracy in certain passes,"he continued.

Arsenal had five shots on target during the tie, with skipper Martin Odegaard twice going close in either half.

Arteta's charges will be desperate to get their title bid back on track when they play Brighton in their next Premier League outing.

Aston Villa vs. Arsenal Preview

Sports Brief recently previewed the showdown between Aston Villa and Arsenal.

The Gunners maintained their two-point lead over Liverpool atop the league table after Matchday 15.

They will have their work cut out for them, however, against Aston Villa, who have won each of their last 14 league matches at home.

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