Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor won a penalty after a breakaway forced Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to bring him down.
Christian Benteke had his penalty saved but the rebound came back to him and he headed it home on the second chance.
It’s 1-1 now from the Emirates, as Arsenal will look to try and regain their lead. Something that troubled them all last season was their failure to secure winning positions, and it saw them barely claim fourth place in the league.
Arsenal have dominated possession but Aston Villa are looking to run on the counter.
Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has gone to the ground with a somewhat serious cut on the side of his head.