First and foremost, the performance was quite simply not good enough. We started brightly, dominating the early exchanges and up until around 20 mins we were comfortable. Villa looked off the pace and let us play. Ramsey and Wilshere had oceans of space to operate in and the goal we scored after 6 minutes was mainly down to some very dopey Villa defending. The back four were caught much too high, Chamberlain scampered down the left and Giroud was given the freedom of the penalty box to knock it in. Villa looked like they needed another pre-season friendly; they were pressing poorly and I noticed a few times that the back four were poorly positioned (full backs staying deep while the centre backs inexplicably pushed up).
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Sam Stubbs-Benbow, known on Twitter as @sambangsdrums, is a student in Sound for television and is a keen musician. He has been following the Arsenal all his life and more widely, is a football nut, keen on anything to do with the beautiful game. You will find him at most home games and a few away ones and will be providing match reviews for Arsenal first team games this season.
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