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Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal: Ollie Watkins early strike condemns Mikel Arteta’s side to back-to-back defeats

Arsenal has hit a 37-year low on the back of their 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa, with Mikel Arteta’s side reaching double digits for the season when it comes to Premier League setbacks.

The Gunners have sustained 10 setbacks through 23 fixtures in the 2020-21 season and that unwanted return depicts the club’s worst record when it comes to setbacks since 1983-84.

Inconsistency is becoming an issue for the North London club Arsenal took just 17 games to come unstuck on 10 occasions and, while they have fared marginally better this time out,

Arteta saw his side struggle once again during a trip to Villa Park on Saturday, with a slow start costing the Gunners dear.

Arsenal have now sustained back-to-back defeats, with an encouraging six-game unbeaten run brought to shaking halt in a loss at Wolves which saw them end the game with nine men.

No positive reaction was offered against Villa, with minds now being cast back to the 1980s when it comes to regular setbacks.

The Gunners’ cause was not helped against the Villans as they conceded inside 74 seconds.

A stray pass from Cedric Soares enabled Bertrand Traore to steal in and tee up Ollie Watkins, whose close-range effort took a deflection off Rob Holding on its way in, with Mat Ryan left with no chance.

The Australian goalkeeper was making his debut for the Gunners and has become the fourth keeper in Premier League history to concede a goal on his now inside two minutes.

The Gunners have now suffered three successive league defeats to the Villans without finding the target for the first time since between August 1920 and March 1922.

It is also the first time since the inaugural Premier League campaign in 1992-93 that Villa have finished a top-flight double over Arsenal – with Ron Atkinson calling the shots back then.

Arteta is now being compelled back to the drawing board, with his team next in action at home to Leeds on February 14.

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