Remi Garde explains what he attempted to change at half-time against Arsenal

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Aston Villa were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal this afternoon.

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has told Sky Sports that he tried to get his team playing on the front foot in the second half of their defeat to Arsenal.

Villa went in to the game against Garde's former club sitting bottom of the table with just six points, and that hasn't changed after another disappointing result.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Arsenal from the penalty spot, capitalising as Alan Hutton brought down Theo Walcott inside the area, and Aaron Ramsey made it 2-0 after a sweeping counter-attack.

Whilst Villa plugged away, they couldn't get back in to the game, and Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners at Villa Park to go top of the Premier League table.

Yet for Garde and Villa, it's just six points from 16 games, and they already sit eight points adrift of safety, with just one win to their name this term.

After the game, manager Remi Garde spoke to Sky Sports about the defeat, and explained how he tried to change the intent of his side during the half-time break, urging them to go forward more in the second half.

Ultimately though, Garde acknowledged that Villa didn't have the clinical edge in front of goal that they needed, which has been a recurring problem for the division's lowest scorers.

"We tried to push a little bit more," said Garde. "I think we achieved that. We had two or three very good opportunities, but without efficiency, it's difficult to score, especially again Arsenal. When you have one or two good chances, you have to score the goal," he added.

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