HomePremier LeagueArsenal beat Villa 2-1 to keep up 100% start

Arsenal beat Villa 2-1 to keep up 100% start

Soccer Football – Premier League – Arsenal v Aston Villa – Emirates Stadium, London, Britain – August 31, 2022 Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta celebrates with assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg after the match REUTERS/Tony Obrien

LONDON (Reuters) – Gabriel Jesus’s predatory instincts and a left-footed finish from Gabriel Martinelli ensured Arsenal won 2-1 against Aston Villa on Wednesday as the Gunners kept up their 100% start to the new Premier League season.

The Brazilian pair scored either side of the break to hand Arsenal a deserved triumph as they dominated the match, advancing to a full house of 15 points from their opening five matches of the campaign.

Jesus opened the scoring in the 31st minute with Martinelli grabbing the 77th-minute winner, three minutes after Villa had equalised through substitute Douglas Luiz, who scored directly from a corner.

It was Villa’s fourth defeat in five games and adds to the mounting pressure on manager Steven Gerrard.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Toby Davis)