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ARSENAL are reeling from another defeat, this time at the hands of Aston Villa.

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  • Jack Figg

    MORNING, ARSENAL FANS

    Boss Mikel Arteta is struggling to believe Arsenal's second successive defeat.

    Ollie Watkins' deflected winner for Aston Villa after 74 seconds dented "proud" but "gutted" keeper Mat Ryan's loan debut for the Gunners

    And Arteta said: "We gave them the goal and another three big chances.

    "We created more than enough openings but when we had to score a goal we didn't find the right pass or the right shot.

    "We should have won the game comfortably."

    Midfielder Martin Odegaard fired a late chance high on his 25-minute Arsenal debut as a sub.

    And Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has revealed he was keen to keep the Norwegian but the 22-year-old "wanted to leave".

  • Ian Tuckey

    LOCK IS THE KEY

    Goalscoring debutant Joe Willock saluted nine-man Newcastle's victory and revealed his "delight" at his loan move from Arsenal.

    The Toon clung on to beat Southampton 3-2 after a red card and injury left them two players short for the final 18 minutes.

    And midfielder Willock told BT Sport: "It was a big fight and a big push from the boys,’

    "I thought first-half we were brilliant and then things like that happen and you have to stick together as a team.

     "I’m delighted to be here and I’m happy to get a goal and a win on my debut."

  • Ian Tuckey

    RYAN 'PROUD' BUT 'GUTTED' AFTER DEBUT

    Debutant Arsenal keeper Mat Ryan tweeted his disappointment after the 1-0 loss at Aston Villa.

    The loanee from Brighton, standing in for Bernd Leno, hailed his "proud moment" in playing but was "gutted" at missing out on a win or clean sheet.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WILLIAN HAS NOTHING TO PROVE

    David Luiz insists Arsenal team-mate Willian does not have to prove anything at the Emirates.

    He told ESPN Brasil, via Goal: “Everyone knows the player Willian. And everyone knows Willian’s potential. And he doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone after so many years at the highest level.

    “He’s in a moment which is not so pleasant on the individual level because things are not happening.

    “But he’s an experienced, intelligent guy, who knows what he should know, and what he must do every day.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    TOP-CALIBRE SALIBA

    Arsenal loanee William Saliba has been named Nice's Player of the Month for January.

    The 19-year-old central defender joined the Ligue 1 side last month in a bid to find first team football that he was not receiving at the Emirates.

    And the move has paid off instantly as his impressive displays have earned him the club's monthly accolade.

    Nice won just one of their five matches in January as they slipped to a dismal 14th in the table.

    Yet despite defeats to Brest, Bordeaux and St-Etienne, Saliba has performed admirably in a struggling side.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ZZ WANTED ODEGAARD TO SNUB GUNNERS

    Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane claims Martin Odegaard forced through his loan move to Arsenal against his will.

    Zidane told the Norwegian to remain rather than join the Gunners for the rest of the season

    But according to the French manager Odegaard was not willing to stay put as he moved to England in the search of first team football.

    Speaking in a Real Madrid press conference ahead of their match against Huesca, he said: “[Odegaard] wanted to leave.

    “We have talked about it two or three times. He is a player who wants to play.

    “It was the player’s demand [to leave]. I told him that he had to stay, fight, have peace of mind, because this is a long process.

    “He’s a player who I asked for us to bring in [after spending last season on loan at Real Sociedad].

    “It has not been the case and in the end it is everyone’s decision. I hope he is happy.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ZZ WANTED ODEGAARD TO SNUB GUNNERS

    Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane claims Martin Odegaard forced through his loan move to Arsenal against his will.

    Zidane told the Norwegian to remain rather than join the Gunners for the rest of the season

    But according to the French manager Odegaard was not willing to stay put as he moved to England in the search of first team football.

    Speaking in a Real Madrid press conference ahead of their match against Huesca, he said: "[Odegaard] wanted to leave.

    "We have talked about it two or three times. He is a player who wants to play.

    "It was the player's demand [to leave]. I told him that he had to stay, fight, have peace of mind, because this is a long process.

    "He's a player who I asked for us to bring in [after spending last season on loan at Real Sociedad].

    "It has not been the case and in the end it is everyone's decision. I hope he is happy."

  • Ian Tuckey

    'WE WERE BETTER THAN VILLA'

    Mikel Arteta has spoke of his disappointment following the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

    He told BBC Sport: “I’m extremely disappointed to lose and the way we lost it. We were the better team. We controlled every department but we gave them the ball. We gave them another three big chances. Then when we had to score the goal, we didn’t find the right pass or the right shot.

    “They were better in the boxes and that’s how you win games. We created enough opportunities. We didn’t score, we cannot win the game.

    “We just gave them the ball, a moment you make a mistake and they punish you.

    “You cannot win football matches if every week you do something like that. Four or five times we’ve played with 10 men. Against Wolves, we deserved to win both games by far but we lost both.

    “[Red cards] cost us that game [against Wolves] – today other big decisions. Regardless of what the referee did today we should win the game comfortably.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MORROW CONTINUED

    "We had a holistic approach, not only developing the player as a footballer but as a human being and teaching him good values, you’re going to learn how to cook, going to visit hospitals, do stuff in the community.

    "Martin massively impressed everyone, including Arsene.

    "We were very, very close to signing him before he made a late decision to go to Real Madrid.

    "That was a huge disappointment for me because I thought he was the right fit for us and, more importantly, the right fit for Martin."

  • Jake Lambourne

    OD TO JOY

    Martin Odegaard rejected Arsenal as a 15-year-old despite dining with Arsene Wenger and decided to join Real Madrid instead.

    In an interview with The Times, former youth scout Steve Morrow lifted the lid on his detailed pursuit of current Arsenal loanee Odegaard, 22.

    He said: "I first scouted him when he was 14 and was just amazed by his talent, his technical level and his intelligence for such a young player.

    "I put a lot of work in, scouted Martin for 18 months and got very close to him and his family.

    "We had permission from Stromsgodset to invite the player over and it was down to us and Real Madrid.

    "We rolled out the red carpet. He met with Arsene, we took him out for dinner and really showcased the club."

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO AVERAGE JOE

    Joe Willock's Newcastle debut has started in the perfect fashion.

    The midfielder – on loan at St James' Park – scored just 15 minutes into the clash against Southampton.

    Willock slotted home after being picked out by Allan Saint-Maximin.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO AVERAGE JOE

    Joe Willock's Newcastle debut has started in the perfect fashion.

    The midfielder – on loan at St James' Park – scored just 15 minutes into the clash against Southampton.

    Willock slotted home after being picked out by Allan Saint-Maximin.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BROKEN ARTED

    Mikel Arteta has spoke of his disappointment following the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

    He told BBC Sport: "I’m extremely disappointed to lose and the way we lost it. We were the better team. We controlled every department but we gave them the ball. We gave them another three big chances. Then when we had to score the goal, we didn’t find the right pass or the right shot.

    "They were better in the boxes and that’s how you win games. We created enough opportunities. We didn’t score, we cannot win the game.

    "We just gave them the ball, a moment you make a mistake and they punish you.

    "You cannot win football matches if every week you do something like that. Four or five times we’ve played with 10 men. Against Wolves, we deserved to win both games by far but we lost both.

    "[Red cards] cost us that game [against Wolves] – today other big decisions. Regardless of what the referee did today we should win the game comfortably.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    WHEN WILL IT END

    Mikel Arteta's obsession to play Willian is costing Arsenal.

    Once again the Brazilian came on instead of Gabriel Martienlli, and the Gunners looked toothless with him on the pitch.

    Here is a heat map of just where his passes went.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL-TIME

    And there's the whistle!

    Arsenal have lost back-to-back Premier League games, after they got themselves back in contention to finish in a European spot, that hope now looks like a dream.

    They dominated the possession, but failed to create key chances.

    Worrying signs yet again for the Gunners.

    Simply not good enough.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CLOSING STAGES

    Just over ten minutes still to play and Arsenal just cannot get that equaliser.

    And in more bad news for the Gunners, Thomas Parety has went off injured.

    Another spell on the sidelines beckons for the midfielder.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BACK UNDERWAY

    And the second half has kicked off.

    Mikel Arteta knows his side have to get a result here today.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HALF-TIME

    A big second half is needed from Arsenal, otherwise Mikel Arteta has another mini-crisis on his hands.

    They just haven't got the ball moving well in the final third despite having all of the ball.

    Villa are happy to soak up the pressure before launching a counter-attack of their own.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HALF-TIME

    A big second half is needed from Arsenal, otherwise Mikel Arteta has another mini-crisis on his hands.

    They just haven't got the ball moving well in the final third despite having all of the ball.

    Villa are happy to soak up the pressure before launching a counter-attack of their own.

  • Jake Lambourne

    VILLA STILL AHEAD

    There have been chances at either end but still Aston Villa lead.

    Granit Xhaka had a free-kick expertly saved by Emiliano Martinez, while Mat Ryan denied Bertradn Traore when he was one-on-one.

    Arsenal have dominated possession, but they are struggling to break down the Villans.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WAT ABOUT THAT

    Well, that didn't take long.

    Ollie Watkins has put Villa into the lead after slotting home from close range.

    The worst start for the Gunners.

    Awful.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KICK OFF

    And we're underway at Villa Park!

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  • Jake Lambourne

    HAVING A PARTEY

    Thomas Partey has discussed the club's form as well as how he has been settling in at Arsenal since joining from Atletico Madrid.

    Watch his interview below.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TEAM NEWS

    Mat Ryan makes his Arsenal debut while Gabriel comes in for the suspended David Luiz.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard all start from the bench.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAM'S TOWN

    West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has stated that Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be playing in his preferred position while on loan from Arsenal.

    The England international was often deployed at right-back for the Gunners, but he will be given a chance to shine in the middle of the pitch.

    Allardyce said: "It’s why he came to West Brom.

    "We’re playing him in the position he wants to play, and his most favourite position.

    “It’s one of the reasons why he chose the Albion.”

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