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After losing against Liverpool on Wednesday night, Arsenal strengthened their grip on fourth place in the English Premier League with a  victory at Aston Villa this afternoon.

Bukayo Saka was the standout player as the Gunners secured a sixth win from seven games.

The England international scored the only goal in the first half with a low drive from the edge of the area after Villa failed to properly clear a cross into the box.

Villa, who remain ninth in the English Premier League on 36 points from 29 games, improved after the break and went close when Ollie Watkins’ deflected shot clipped the outside of the post, before substitute Danny Ings sent a looping header on to the roof of the net.

Arsenal withstood the pressure to move onto 54 points – four clear of Manchester United in fifth place with a game still in hand over their Champions League rivals heading into the international break.

By Debbie

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