2. Christian Benteke knows where the goal is
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke ended a goalless streak that lasted over 12 games. The Belgian’s goal gave Villa a glimmer of hope late on in the game, but Arsenal held on for the win. Benteke hadn’t scored since mid-September and his barren spell looked as though it would continue at Villa Park last night after a quiet game, but he managed to get away from his marker at the far post to nod the ball home.
He looked focused and much sharper tonight than he has been looking recently, owing partly to a calf injury that he’d been carrying. He was the Villa target man, and they looked to lump it forward to the big Belgian every opportunity they got. He showed that he hasn’t lost his predatory instincts with the well taken goal which will undoubtedly be a boost for him and the team ahead of their trip to Anfield next Saturday to face an in-form Liverpool side.