Aston Villa had just begun the second half against Arsenal, and whilst still being two-nil down, they seemed to be gathering momentum following a change in formation.
Dean Smith had opted to switch away from his five at the back formation as he swapped Axel Tuanzebe for Leon Bailey before the second half got under way. Villa seemed more organised and threatening in the opening ten minutes, until Emile Smith Rowe quickly put an end to any glimmer of hope Villa had in this game.
Smith Rowe was allowed to drift forward without little to no pressure applied from Tyrone Mings, who was the defender aiming to stop the danger at the time. Ultimately, the effort sadly deflected off Mings as the ball trickled past a wrong-footed Emiliano Martinez to put Arsenal three-nil up.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright had this to say regarding Mings’ efforts to stop Smith Rowe in this passage of play: “Look at Mings. Look at him!
Mings was seemingly caught in two minds as he was unsure of whether to close Smith Rowe or help fellow defender Ezri Konsa with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The solid defence that kept 15 clean sheets last season seems a distant memory after Dean Smith’s side have been on the wrong end of three goals in consecutive games now.
The lapses in concentration will need to be eradicated sooner rather than later if Villa are to end this run of form. They now face the difficult task of stopping a free-flowing West Ham United in their next fixture, who will be hoping the defensive woes continue for their opponents.Internet Explorer Channel Network