Arsenal embarrassed by Grealish and Barkley skills prior to Saka own goal

Arsenal's defence were being toyed with by Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley prior to the opening goal on Sunday night.

Aston Villa put on a show at the Emirates, winning 3-0 against the lacklustre Gunners.

The visitors actually scored within the first minute before it was chalked off by VAR, only to take the lead later anyway.

It came about after a brilliant ball into the box from Matt Targett.

But prior to that, Grealish and Barkley were showboating against Arsenal.

The two exhibit a high level of confidence while striking up a fine partnership between them already, after Barkley signed on loan from Chelsea in the transfer window.

Arsenal's defence could not get near to either of them as they danced on the wing.

Playing between themselves, Targett eventually found himself in space – simply laying it across goal.

Bukayo Saka could only divert the ball into his own net, with Trezeguet behind him ready to score.


Barkley and Grealish would go on to cause more devastation, contributing massively to Ollie Watkins netting a quickfire double.

Arsenal had no reply, mustering just two shots as they fell to a 3-0 defeat.

Mikel Arteta was shocked by the result, but insisted he was fully responsible for the performance.

"First of all congratulations to Aston Villa for the way they played and the victory," he told Sky Sports.

"After that, we performed below our standards and I have to say it's the first time I've seen us play and we weren't a team.

"I take full responsibility. We didn't start well enough, we got away with VAR for an offside situation but we lost all the races, the duels and we were sloppy on the ball.

"When we created chances we didn't hit the target. It's a really bad combination.

"We left spaces and on the counter we looked really vulnerable.

"I take full responsibility. I am responsible to make the team perform on the pitch and today we were not a team and it is my job. It is why I am standing here."

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