After Arsenal suffered a poor 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa, it was clear for all to see that the north London side are desperate for new signings.
Things were looking promising for Arsenal after Olivier Giroud put them into the lead early on from a well-worked move that started in their own half, as they looked set to control the tempo of the game in a typically dominant fashion.
However, they were cut open by Gabriel Agbonlahor midway through the second half, as the Englishman glided through Arsenal’s midfield and defence, which led to a calamitous Szczesny rushing off his line taking the striker down to give away a penalty.
Christian Benteke stepped up, and despite the Polish shot-stopper saving his poor effort, the striker headed in the rebound to make it 1-1.
This gave Villa a way back into the game and they certainly took it, defending well and looking threatening when they ventured into Arsenal’s half.
In a poor display by Arsenal’s defence, Koscielny then gave away a questionable penalty after tackling Benteke from behind in the area, and although he got contact on the ball he was shown a yellow. The big Belgium international once again stepped up to the spot and this time scored at his first opportunity, giving Villa a 2-1 lead.
Arsenal seemed to lose their discipline, and with tackles flying in the referee had no qualms in handing out yellows, as he sent off Koscielny for a second bookable offence after his late challenge on Austrian striker Andreas Weimann.
With Arsenal down to 10 men, they had to push forward and score, and Rosicky had two great opportunities to score after being put through on goal, but the midfielder failed to find the net.
Cazorla also could have levelled it up for the Gunners, but was denied by Brad Guzan who had a superb game in between the posts for the Villains.
After a late Arsenal corner, the London side had threw too many mean forward and Villa quickly counter attacked, and new signing Spanish full-back Antonio Luna scored the first goal of his professional football career to give the Midlanders a dream start to their campaign.
The poor performance from the Gunners exemplifies their need for top-quality signings. The goalkeeper Szczesny was too unreliable, and it's apparent that he needs someone to be pushing him for the No.1 spot.
Arsenal also lacked a real presence in midfield, with Rosicky, Ramsey and Wilshere all starting the game. Whilst these players are very capable going forward, they were defensively exposed, as was evident with Agbonlahor’s cutting run through the Arsenal team which led to the first goal.
After missing out on Luiz Gustavo, the Gunners must now look elsewhere for a defensively-minded enforcer in order to sure up the midfield.
In the striker department, Giroud didn’t play all too bad, scoring early on and playing some clever one-twos throughout the game that led to goalscoring opportunities. However, if Arsenal are going to mount a serious challenge on the Premier League this season, they will certainly need more options upfront, with Rooney once again being linked to the north London side.
For Arsenal, it is now clear that they must act quickly in the transfer market, as they must secure three or four top quality players if they are going to once again qualify for the Champions League. If they fail to do so, it looks likely that they will disappointed with the outcome this season.
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