The absolutely horrendous Arsenal have been fully utilized by Aston Villa this evening as the Gunners head off on the international hiatus, still trying to make up their minds.
Mikel Arteta's men recently welcomed Villans to North London in the final match of the Premier League weekend.
Arsenal, of course, entered the game as an overwhelming favorite to score all 3 points amid their recent improved form.
Until tonight, the Metropolitan Giants have won three straight wins across all competitions, including what was Manchester United's announcement of defeat at Old Trafford last weekend.
Aston Villa, on the other hand, saw their meteoric start to the campaign turn to smoke after a couple of defeats in a row.
Thus, what subsequently unfolded within 90 minutes on Emirates was not only a surprise, but also a shock.
Dean Smith's outsiders played outside the park against their masters and ultimately won a well-deserved 3-0 win.
Villa took the lead with 25 minutes when Matt Targett's ball on the left was replaced by the unlucky Bukayo Saka on the back post.
So the count remained until the last 20 minutes, as the fight remained on the edge.
Arsenal, however, did not exactly knock on the visitors' goal in search of the all-important equalizer, with a completely misjudged shot by Alexandre Lacazette, the best the Gunners have managed.
In turn, judging by the balance of the game, Villa won 2nd place was not a big surprise, as the always dangerous Ollie Watkins ended the great team move in style.
And, incredibly, Watkins was back to business after just three minutes to remove the visiting team from sight and plunge Arsenal into chaos.
6 - Ollie Watkins has scored six goals in seven games for Aston Villa in the Premier League this season; only Dean Saunders (7) and Dion Dublin (9) have ever scored more in their first seven matches for Villa. Leaflet. pic.twitter.com/RMOiD1Cl2I
- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 8, 2020
Arteta with questions for answers
Against the backdrop of such a nightmare evening for everyone involved with the North Londoners, it is almost difficult to pinpoint exactly what went wrong for Arsenal.
Capital throughout the process in the Emirates looked sluggish and openly disinterested.
They were outplayed, outplayed and outplayed by the Aston Villa team, which, it seems, just wanted to get 3 points more than the owners of Mikel Arteta.
The Arsenal boss, of course, has to take on a significant chunk of the blame, as the same defense system used at Old Trafford last weekend just didn't work tonight.
The complete disconnect between defense and attack meant the Gunners struggled to create almost any noticeable opportunity as Villa's determined backline quickly cracked down on the hosts' toothless front-3s.
0 - This was the first time Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played 90 minutes in a Premier League home game without a shot attempt - indeed, Aubameyang was one of three outfield players who did not record Arsenal's attempts in that game. Disappeared. pic.twitter.com/QxTXTAYdQb
- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 8, 2020
When it comes to individual performances, Willian and Alexander Lacazette certainly looked like the worst losers, although neither made much of an impression.
The pair did little to add anything positive to Arsenal's attack this evening, and Mikel Arteta is certainly considering adding Nicolas Pepe and Eddie Nketia to their first pick after returning from the international hiatus.
Meanwhile, the terrible night job from the gunners' point of view was exacerbated by the injury that Thomas Partey received.
The Ghanaian was forced to leave at half-time and was replaced by Dani Ceballos, and there have been reports since then that Partey had contracted a hip problem:
Partey's thigh injury.
- Charles Watts (@charles_watts) November 8, 2020
It is also worth noting that Arsenal's total collapse did not really occur until after their summer supplement went out of the game, suggesting that Party was already being relied too heavily on to hold the club's midfield.
Be that as it may, one thing is for sure: while last weekend's show in Manchester may have provided circumstantial evidence to the contrary, Arsenal are still far from a finished product.
Mikel Artete needs to find a balance between defense and attack in games where his side cannot simply rely on an opponent to control most of the ball.
And judging by the post-match reaction of the loyal gunners tonight, the Spaniard is better off finding out sooner rather than later ...
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|16||Brighton & Hove Albion||8||-3||6|
|18||West Bromwich Albion||8||-11||3|
|Sleep, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||8|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||8|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur||7|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||7|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United||6|
|Watkins, Ollie||Aston Villa||6|
|Fernandez, Bruno||Manchester United||5|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal palace||5|
|Grilish, Jack||Aston Villa||4|
|Mopey, Neil||Brighton & Hove Albion||4|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||4|
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|Evans, Johnny||Leicester City||0||4|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa||0||3|
|Thielemans, Yuri||Leicester City||0||3|
|Klich, Mateusz||Leeds United||0||3|
|Bellerin, Hector||Arsenal FC||0||3|
|Berge, Sander||Sheffield United||0||3|
|Walker Peters, Kyle||Southampton||0||3|
|Bisuma, Yves||Brighton & Hove Albion||1||2|
|Egan, John||Sheffield United||1||2|
|Lundstram, John||Sheffield United||0||3|
|Cash, Matty||Aston Villa||0||3|
|Lewis, Jamal||Newcastle United||0||3|
|Fernandez, Bruno||Manchester United||0||2|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal palace||0||2|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur||8|
|Grilish, Jack||Aston Villa||5|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa||4|
|Fernandez, Bruno||Manchester United||3|
|Rashford, Marcus||Manchester United||3|
|Cresswell, Aaron||West Ham United||3|
|Sleep, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||2|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal palace||2|
|Mitrovic, Aleksandar||Fulham FC||2|
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|Townsend, Andros||Crystal palace||2|
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