Aston Villa fire clear Arsenal warning after huge Man City Premier League title twist

Latest Arsenal news as a daunting task faces Mikel Arteta and his players against Aston Villa after their huge performance and win against Manchester City

Aston Villa could be set to make a huge impact on this season’s Premier League title race in just a few days. Arsenal and Manchester City are the two obvious frontrunners following their intense battle in the last campaign, however the reigning champions have hit a major stumbling block.

Pep Guardiola’s side are winless in four Premier League games with their run of three consecutive draws ended on Wednesday evening. Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham had all been able to snatch a point against Man City with Aston Villa now beating them to extend their unbelievable winning run at Villa Park to 14 games.

Unai Emery’s side dominated the game with 22 shots in comparison to Man City’s lowly two and after a major onslaught for much of the contest, Villa got their reward when Leon Bailey saw his deflected effort fly into the back of the net after 74 minutes. Ahead of the game, Guardiola made a surprising claim about Man City’s title chances given their recent form. “My feeling today is we are going to win the Premier League – if we play at the levels we did against Liverpool and Tottenham, we are going to win it again,” he boldly admitted earlier this week.

People don’t believe it after three draws but we are going to do it again. We know that it is not easy [winning four Premier League titles in a row], no team has done it yet, and that is why the difficulty is there. But if you ask what I’m feeling, I want to do it again.”

Following the defeat to Villa and the Gunners’ dramatic victory against Luton the previous night, Arteta’s side are above Man City by six points with Villa overtaking their Wednesday night opponents to go third. Liverpool’s triumph over Sheffield United places them second just two points off Arsenal but Man City’s blip will provide some huge confidence for Arsenal.

One negative, though, is the fact that Arsenal head to Villa Park this Saturday with Emery and his players flying high. The Gunners will also be without Arteta in the dugout following his yellow card for his reaction to Declan Rice’s stoppage time winner at Kenilworth Road.

Sources have since confirmed to was because of an excessive celebration. Law 12 of IFAB says: ‘Players can celebrate when a goal is scored, but the celebration must not be excessive; choreographed celebrations are not encouraged and must not cause excessive time-wasting.’

On the caution that will see him not be on the touchline, he told beIN SPORTS after the game: “I could not be seated in my seat. It was pure emotion. If that’s a yellow… that’s a yellow.” According to Premier League rules, his pitchside ban extends until two hours after the match. However, he has full access to the dressing room before the match, at half-time and after the game.

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