A brace from Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke meant Arsenal were overpowered by a plucky Aston Villa side, with the Gunners losing 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
As expected, Arsenal started well with Olivier Giroud finding the net within six minutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain crossed for an easy tap-in for the mighty Frenchman.
But Villa were not out of the contest and found an equaliser 16 minutes after, from the penalty spot after a foul by keeper Wojciech Szcęsny, who was yellow carded.
Benteke made up for his poor penalty by tapping in a rebound after having his initial shot saved.
It was Villa who went ahead after half-time, with a controversial penalty after an apparent mistimed challenge from French defender Laurent Koscielny who was yellow carded. Benteke made no mistake and easily slotted in the spot-kick.
It was the end of Koscielny’s game just six minutes later, receiving a second yellow after clattering into Villa striker Andreas Weimann.
After Villa keeper Brad Guzan made some smart saves to keep the Gunners out it was Villa who again found the net, Antonio Luna broke away and easily slipped past a broken Arsenal defence before sliding the ball past Szcęsny.
A chorus of boos rang out at full-time, with fans chanting ‘spend some money’ referring to Wenger's lack of transfer activity so far this summer. He now has 16 days to bolster his side.
It was an overall disappointing result for Arsenal, who have now suffered their first home defeat on the opening day in 20 years. What do you think of the result? Feel free to comment below.
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