Egypt star fires Villa past Arsenal

English Premier League

Aston Villa moved out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Sead Kolasinac, Dani Ceballos, Eddie Nketiah and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang returned from the side that overcame the champions Liverpool in the league last time out.

Villa, who remained unchanged, drew first blood when Mahmoud Trezeguet volleyed into the near corner following a corner to the far post two minutes after the waterbreak.

The Gunners probed for a turnaround with balls circulating around the middle and out wide, but those deliveries failed to find either of Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Buoyed by their lead, the Clarets pushed forward with confidence and with that found space and time as Trezeguet’s looping strike off a corner forced Emiliano Martinez into a save on 43 minutes.

Aubameyang was given the chance to level matters ten minutes after the restart, but had his shot on the turn blocked to safety by Tyrone Mings as frustration began to grow.

Kienan Davies should’ve put the Gunners out of sight after getting the better of Rob Holding from a through ball off a counterattack only to flash across the far corner.

Arsenal edged close to an equaliser with time running out as Nketiah outjumped Mings before heading off the post following a corner-kick.

At the other end, Martinez needed to pull off a point-blank save to keep out an equally strong attempt from the edge of the area by John McGinn with 12 minutes to go.

The contest would culminate in the Clarets grabbing all the points to climb out of the bottom-three slots whilst derailing the Gunners’ European chances.

Watford 0-4 Manchester City

Watford's hopes of beating the drop suffered a setback after a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Kevin De Bruyne captained the side as Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden, Rodrigo and Bernardo Silva earned a recall from Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal.

Watford, who sacked Nigel Pearson over the weekend, could’ve taken a 10th minute lead off a throw-in but Will Hughes flashed his effort wide from close-range.

The Citizens were in front just a minute after the half-hour mark when Raheem Sterling controlled a ball from the right before nestling the top corner.

City began cruising five minutes to halftime as Sterling tapped home from the penalty spot after having his initial effort blocked by Ben Foster after having gone down under a challenge from Hughes.

A lightning start to the second half from City nearly led to a third goal, with Gabriel Jesus going clear of Foster who parried with Silva unable to bury the rebound amidst shouts for a penalty.

De Bruyne could’ve made the game safe with a free-kick outside the area 60 minutes gone, but Foster acrobatically palmed over the top.

City did extend though three minutes later courtesy of Foden, who tapped into an empty net after Sterling had his initial shot palmed back into play by Foster.

Aymeric Laporte joined in on the act three minutes later when he headed into the far corner after finding space at the far post following De Bruyne’s delivery.

That was to be Laporte’s last involvement as he made way for John Stones following the final 15 minutes with City in total control.

Danny Welbeck raced through to a ball from the middle as the Hornets seeked a consolation, but Ederson was off his line to parry as the merciless City dent the host’s battle against the drop.

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