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How Arsenal Regained EPL Lead In Comeback Win Over Aston Villa

How Arsenal Regained EPL Lead In Comeback Win Over Aston Vil


Arsenal secured a come-from-behind 4-2 victory against Aston Villa in a thrilling encounter, thanks to Jorginho's first goal for Arsenal and Ukrainian right-back Oleksandr Zinchenko's first Premier League goal.

With the match seemingly heading towards a draw, Jorginho's strike hit the bar and ricocheted off Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez into the net, and then Gabriel Martinelli scored into an open goal for Arsenal's fourth.

The win enabled the Gunners to return to the top of the Premier League table, with 54 points from 23 games, three points ahead of Manchester City, who were yet to play against Nottingham Forest that day.

The match at the packed and noisy Villa Park saw Ollie Watkins open the scoring for the hosts in the fifth minute after an impressive run into the box, followed by Bukayo Saka's equalizer for Arsenal with a fantastic left-footed drive from inside the area in the 16th minute.

Then, Villa regained the lead with a Philippe Coutinho goal in the 31st minute, with a clever dummy from Emiliano Buendia.

In the 62nd minute, Zinchenko scored Arsenal's second equalizer of the match, a low drive past the World Cup-winning goalkeeper Martinez.

Before the dramatic finish, both sides had missed several good chances, with Martin Odegaard pulling wide for Arsenal when he seemed certain to score and Villa's Leon Bailey seeing a shot tipped onto the crossbar.

But it was Gabriel Martinelli who had the final say as he puts the ball into the net after Martinez left the post to see if he can score an equalizer in the dying minutes of the game.

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