Arsenal had a rough outing at Villa Park after losing to relegation-threatened Aston Villa by a goal to nil. In the events that occurred right before the sole goal of the match, Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was seen laughing with Tyrone Mings who eventually got a vital touch for the goal.
The sluggish start to the match favoured Villa as they capitalised on their only chance at the expense of Aubameyang. While marking their men for a corner in the 27th minute, Mings was seen chatting with the striker, who lost his concentration over Mings’ words and began laughing right before the set-piece.
The Aston Villa defender timed it perfectly as he made a darting run towards the front post with Aubameyang caught off-guard and nowhere near him. Mings managed to get to a vital touch which enabled the ball to steer towards an unmarked Trezeguet who thumped the ball back into the net.
Check out the incident right below:
Nah Mings did Aubameyang dirty 😭 pic.twitter.com/iuaD7ZUhix
— Lew✨ (@UtdLew) July 21, 2020
While the fans were disappointed with the defending leading to the goal, their wrath reached another level when replays, later on, showed Aubameyang’s role in conceding the goal which decided the fixture in the end.
Ummmmm 🤔 pic.twitter.com/GksOZlUTIQ
— SNM (@JackCook95) July 21, 2020
Arsenal and Aubameyang’s frustrating evening
After emphatic back to back wins against Liverpool and Manchester City, the Gunners were expected to make easy work of 18th place Aston Villa. Victories in each of their last two games would have ensured a place in the Europa League given other fixtures worked in their favour.
However, Arsenal did not have their best evening away from home after they failed to register an attempt on target despite managing two-thirds of the possession.
The Gunners will have to pursue the alternative route in order to attain European football, by defeating Chelsea in the finals of the F.A Cup. As far as the Premier League is concerned, Aubameyang led Arsenal won’t be finishing higher than eighth in the table. This would mark the first instance where the club won’t be in the top six in 15 years.
Aubameyang, whose contract is running up at the Emirates, has scored more than a third of Arsenal’s Premier League goals. The Gabonese International was skeptical about his future when Unai Emery was in charge but reportedly has had a change of mind after Mikel Arteta’s appointment.