The highlight of Premier League Saturday was Arsenal’s explosion at Villa Park. In a three-minute, twenty-six second span of the first half, the Gunners turned a 0-0 score into a 3-0 edge, a margin they’d carry to full-time.
“I think they got a big blow with the first goal, and they couldn’t recover, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, asked to explain his team’s eruption. “We took advantage of it very quickly. And after that, it was game over.”
Arsenal would keep 71 percent of the ball, holding Aston Villa to two shots while handing Paul Lambert’s team first loss of the season.
Compared to the Gunners’ mid-week performance in Germany, it was a stark turnaround, one that left their managers applauding the team’s mentality.
“We had very good concentration,” Wenger explained. “We played a very, very good first half. We were in control, dominated the game. Second half was more about keeping the result with less driving going forward. Overall, it was a very important game for us.”
Wenger’s full post-game remarks can be seen, above.