Arsenal are nervous against Aston Villa, Mikel Arteta calls Ollie Watkins a real threat
LONDON – Arsenal coach, Mikel Arteta, acknowledged the quality that Aston Villa has ahead of their meeting in the 2023/2024 Premier League. Arteta is also wary of the bomber of the team nicknamed The Villa, namely Ollie Watkins, who is considered to be a real threat to the Gunners – Arsenal’s nickname.
Arsenal will visit Aston Villa’s headquarters at Villa Park Stadium, Sunday (10/12/2023) early morning WIB. Arteta does not underestimate The Villa which is currently in a positive trend. Moreover, Unai Emery’s team managed to silence Manchester City with a narrow score of 1-0.
Arteta said that Aston Villa has a good playing organization. The Spanish coach also revealed that The Villa has a solid defense and good squad depth.
“Tactically, Aston Villa have prepared themselves very well. They did two or three different things. They really dared to play from the back. They have players behind the line who can harm you,” said Arteta, quoted from Metro, Saturday (9 /12/2023).
“Then they have players in open spaces who are always a threat. The spirit they create, the atmosphere, the intensity, they have the belief that they can beat anyone,” he continued.
Furthermore, Arteta is also wary of Watkins, who is Aston Villa’s bomber. According to him, the 27 year old striker will be a real threat if given free space.
“He (Watkins) has been very consistent over the last few years. He is a real threat. Like other strikers, don’t give him the ball in the box! That is his main quality,” said Arteta.
Apart from that, Arteta also acknowledged the quality of Unai Emery. According to him, the Spanish coach succeeded in turning Aston Villa into a team that cannot be underestimated.
“He did some very good things at Aston Villa. He has a lot of experience and skills to get the best out of the team,” he added.
This is an important match for both teams to achieve victory in order to strengthen their position on the 2023/2024 Premier League standings. Arsenal is currently at the top with a collection of 36 points, but is only two points ahead of Liverpool. Meanwhile, Aston Villa is in third place with a collection of 32 points and is only two points behind Liverpool.