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Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal: Hosts out of bottom three as Arteta’s momentum stalls

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Arsenal could not record a third straight win as Aston Villa claimed a potentially pivotal three points at Villa Park.

Aston Villa climbed out of the Premier League’s relegation zone with just one game remaining thanks to a 1-0 home win over Arsenal, ending the Gunners’ slim hopes of a top-seven finish.

Villa – who had been in the bottom three since before the season’s March suspension – were faced with opponents invigorated by consecutive wins over Liverpool and Manchester City in the league and FA Cup respectively.

But Dean Smith’s men were boosted ahead of kick-off as City’s comprehensive win at Watford significantly dented their fellow strugglers’ goal difference.

Victory by just a single goal would therefore take Villa above Watford at this crucial stage of the campaign – and Trezeguet’s third strike in three matches – a rare unbeaten stretch – provided just that.

Not until the 27th minute did either side enjoy a sight of goal, but the Villa winger took that first chance when it finally came.

A corner skipped through the Arsenal box to reach the right boot of Trezeguet, who thumped a fine low finish past Emiliano Martinez.

 

 

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