Aston Villa defeated Arsenal to take the lead in the Premier League

John McGinn’s goal on Saturday against title rivals Arsenal brought Aston Villa to within two points of the top of the Premier League.

At Villa Park, Unai Emery’s squad has now won 15 consecutive Premier League titles. The Gunners’ consecutive victories against Manchester City and the opposition have prompted fears of an unforeseen challenge for their first championship since 1981. Six minutes into the match, Villa captain McGinn converted a cross by Leon Bailey into the upper corner for the lone score.

Following their second league loss of the season, Mikel Arteta’s squad falls one point behind Liverpool, who seized the lead earlier on Saturday with a contentious 2-1 triumph at Crystal Palace.

The victory was especially delectable for Emery, whom Arsenal terminated four years prior.

On his return to England, the Spaniard has made a remarkable impact in just over a year at Villa.

A succession of decisive late goals has propelled Arsenal to the top of the table this weekend.

Kai Havertz pushed the ball home in a goalmouth melee in stoppage time, putting the visitors close to snatching a point. However, the German international handled the ball before prodding in at the back post.