Mahmoud Trezeguet shoots down Arsenal to get Aston Villa out of relegation zone | Soccer


Five days is a long time in football. Last Thursday, Aston Villa was sorry when Theo Walcott’s equalizer at Goodison Park appeared to have inflicted a fatal injury in their attempt to escape relegation. But now they are in control of their destiny after a deserved and battling victory in which Arsenal rarely came close to breaking through a wonderfully pierced back line.Watford’s heavy loss to Manchester City earlier in the evening gave Villa an opening which they took with relish, executing with admirable rigor and scoring an excellent first-half decider thanks to Mahmoud Trezeguet. As a result, they are now out of the relegation zone for the first time since late February.

For Arsenal, previously carrier, the success of the season now rests solely on their FA Cup final against Chelsea. Qualifying for the Europa League through the league is now impossible and Mikel Arteta could come to regret a flat and imprecise display.


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