Eyebrows were raised when Aston Villa paid a club record £28 million for Ollie Watkins from Championship club Brentford. A hat-trick against Liverpool and two goals in this stunning victory over Arsenal later and the striker is already looking like a bargain. Having also netted a penalty in the defeat to Southampton, Watkins now has six Premier League goals in seven games for Villa and he outshone both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette at the Emirates. It was a quick second-half double from Watkins that effectively sealed a fifth win of the season for Villa and yet the result – their best at Arsenal since 1928 – was about so much more than just the in-form 24-year-old. Captain Jack Grealish was imperious for the visitors and offered Villa the kind of craft and creativity that Arsenal so lacked. There is not a better player of his type in the country right now, regardless of whether or not Gareth Southgate recognises the fact with his forthcoming England team selections. Honourable mentions should also go to midfield trio Ross Barkley, John McGinn and Douglas Luiz who bossed Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey, who suffered a thigh injury, and substitute Dani Ceballos. Arsenal manager Mikel… Read full this story
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