Player ratings as Gunners maintain 100% record

From the Emirates Stadium – A physical Aston Villa side survived a VAR review for a penalty after barely five minutes when Bukayo Saka was wrestled to the ground inside the penalty area, the referee deciding against penalising Tyrone Mings.

The aggressive approach continued, a mixture of fouls both crunching and cynical keeping the game from flowing in the first 20 minutes – although the home side made the most of the staccato rhythm to get behind a flat-footed defensive line on multiple occasions, and really should’ve been comfortably ahead well before half time.

The inevitable opener…

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