Arsenal were brought down to earth by Aston Villa in the Premier League following a 3-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Gunners unsurprisingly showed faith with the same eleven that did the business over Manchester United a week ago.
Villa made an explosive start in the opening seconds when John McGinn came short to blast into the top corner, but the goal was disallowed for offside after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review.
Thomas Partey nearly made the visitors pay for poor defending ten minutes in after pouncing onto a back-pass, but Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was off his line to thwart the Ghanaian.
However, Villa drew first blood midway through the first half when Bukayo Saka helped Mahmoud Trezeguet’s sliced effort at the back-post past Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Arsenal should’ve gone level four minutes to halftime from a pin-point header by Alexandre Lacazette, but the Frenchman’s effort found the top of the crossbar.
Mikel Arteta shuffled the pack following the start of the second half as Dani Ceballos entered in the place of midfield compatriot Partey.
Villa launched the first threat of the second stanza later on after Trezeguet unleashed a point-blank shot inside the danger area, but Leno went across the near post to turn away.
Following a passive spell, the Clarets bagged a second as Ollie Watkins attacked a cutback from Ross Barkley out wide to head into an unguarded net on 72 minutes.
Watkins secured a brace two minutes later when he ran in behind the defence to get onto Jack Grealish’s through pass for a close-range finish through the legs of Leno.
Arsenal did go forward in search of a consolation goal with full-time on the cards, but the Clarets refused to budge to edge closer to the top-four.