It was a string of disasters at Villa Park during last night’s game. Both Aston Villa and Arsenal saw blows to the head for their players but in the end Arsenal came out on top, taking the game 2-1.
Aston Villa started out with playing three centre-backs but Nathan Baker took a blow in the face trying to block a pass, leaving him unconscious on the pitch in the 13th minute.
It took another eight minutes before Baker was stretchered off and replaced by Leandro Bacuna.
Word from the Aston Villa dressing room came 15 minutes later that Baker had regained consciousness. It was a mild concussion but nothing serious, according to the Aston Villa FC official Twitter page.
Arsenal added insult to injury when they sent two balls slamming into the back of Brad Guzan’s net. First Jack Wilshere poked it home in the 34th minute and then just 59 seconds later, Giroud scored his 12th Premier League goal of the season (one behind Arsenal’s top scorer Aaron Ramsey). It seemed all hope was lost for Villa.
It wasn’t until the 76th minute when Christian Benteke scored a diving header that the fans at Villa Park turned their boos into cheers. It was Benteke’s first goal in 13 games, finally ending his dry spell and putting him back on the score sheet. A string of headers continued to come from Benteke but he was unable to find the net again for the remainder of the match.
In addition to Baker’s concussion, Tomas Rosicky left the pitch with a bloody nose he picked up in the 79th minute to be replaced by Chamberlin, who made his first appearance since sustaining a knee injury against Aston Villa back in August.
A whopping 14 minutes of total stoppage time today due to two smashes in the face, putting the medics to work. But in the end Arsenal were victorious and Arsene Wenger find his men back at the top of the table once again with a one point lead over Manchester city while Aston Villa concede their fifth match at home without a win.
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