Aston Villa vs Arsenal highlights (0-1)

Aston Villa 0 vs 1 Arsenal highlights 19.3

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard : "We were really indecisive first half, and lacked belief collectively. We were dominated and second best, but still in a position at half time to do something about it.

"We improved second half and believed more. As the game went on, we got into better positions. We improved, but no complaints about the scoreline. I don't think teams like Arsenal are a step too far, but there is a gap we need to close. We are working on that. We've got to make it a lot more difficult in the first half, because the reaction we got was much more like us.

"Do I think we deserved to win? No, but I believe we should have got a draw out of the game."

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "It’s a very big win for us. I thought we played fantastically well, but we didn’t put the game to bed when we had the chances. Then you suffer, but we showed the resilience to win.

"Villa are a very good team and to come here is always extremely difficult. We managed to do the things we wanted to do in the match and I think we deserved to win the game.

"The connection between the players and the fans is exceptional and that gives you a lot of energy and belief. There’s still 10 games to go and you can see how small the margins are. The key is that we are there [in the top four] and that we believe we can do it."

On squad depth: "It’s been tough for Bernd [Leno], not playing the minutes he's been used to in his career, but Aaron [Ramsdale] was there to support him. Emile [Smith Rowe] has had some issues in the last few weeks and came in for 90 minutes because he’s managed to look after himself well."

On Bukayo Saka's contribution:"[Our attackers] have to make the difference when they play for a big club, that’s their duty. And we have to do it more."

Aston Villa vs Arsenal . Score: 0-1.

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