2022-23 English Premier League
  • Gabriel Jesus (30')
  • Gabriel Martinelli (77')
  • Douglas Luiz (74')

Arsenal continue perfect start to Premier League season with 2-1 win over Aston Villa

Arsenal continued their perfect start to the Premier League season, making it five wins from five games after a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Summer signing Gabriel Jesus continued his impressive start to his Arsenal career, grabbing the opening goal on the half-hour mark to take his season's tally to three goals.

Villa, dominated by Arsenal for the vast majority of the 90 minutes, found an unlikely equaliser in the 74th minute when Douglas Luiz scored straight from a corner only seconds after entering the game as a substitute. But parity lasted less than three minutes as Arsenal provided another glimpse of their new-found resolve to go back in front for good courtesy of Gabriel Martinelli.

- Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, more (U.S.)

Arsenal remain top of the Premier League, two points ahead of champions Manchester City. Aston Villa, meanwhile, are languishing near the other end of the table, having taken just three points from their opening five fixtures.

"We are obviously really happy because we are winning football matches that we deserve to win," Arteta said.

"The way we are performing and playing, we need to continue. Again, there are a lot of things that we have to improve and you could see that in the second half, but the way we played in the first half, the amount of chances, how much we generated, how dominant we were and the energy that we generated is really pleasing as a coach."

The visitors rarely looked like threatening Arsenal's 100 percent record on Wednesday.

Steven Gerrard's side needed several last-gasp defensive interventions as well as a favorable VAR check for an early Arsenal penalty appeal to stop the hosts building an even greater first-half lead.

There was a sense of inevitability when the goal did arrive. Granit Xhaka's deflected cross could only be parried out by Villa's former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Jesus was on hand to smash home the rebound from six yards.

Aston Villa didn't have a single shot on target until the 73rd minute, but that effort led to a corner that produced a most unlikely equaliser. Aaron Ramsdale appealed in vain for a foul after having his path to the ball blocked by a Villa player as Luiz's corner sailed straight into the back of the net.

But Arsenal were not to be denied. With many in the ground still in shock at the Villa goal, Arsenal went down the other end, Bukayo Saka chipped the ball across the box and Martinelli's volley had enough on it to beat Martinez.

Arsenal take their unbeaten record to Old Trafford to meet Manchester United on Sunday while there is little breathing room for Gerrard and his beleaguered side who host champions Manchester City on Saturday.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

English Premier League Standings

1 Arsenal 14 +22 37
2 Manchester City 14 +26 32
3 Newcastle United 15 +18 30
4 Tottenham Hotspur 15 +10 29
5 Manchester United 14 0 26
6 Liverpool 14 +11 22
7 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 +4 21
8 Chelsea 14 0 21
9 Fulham 15 -2 19
10 Brentford 15 -2 19
11 Crystal Palace 14 -3 19
12 Aston Villa 15 -6 18
13 Leicester City 15 0 17
14 AFC Bournemouth 15 -14 16
15 Leeds United 14 -4 15
16 West Ham United 15 -5 14
17 Everton 15 -6 14
18 Nottingham Forest 15 -19 13
19 Southampton 15 -14 12
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -16 10