Remi Garde taking encouragement from Aston Villa's creativity

Aston Villa were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal in their latest outing.

Despite Aston Villa’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, Remi Garde has told the club’s official site that he saw encouraging signs during the match.

Villa were largely outplayed by the Gunners, with Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey setting up a comfortable win by scoring in the first half.

However, Villa’s showing in the second period was heartening for Garde – and the French boss was pleased that his side managed to create so many chances.

"The second half was better for us,” he said.

"But we were not efficient on our attempts. We tried to push a little bit more - and I think we achieved that. We had two or three good opportunities.

"But without efficiency, it's difficult to score, especially against Arsenal.

"When you have that many chances, you have to find the net.

"We are creating them. We had some here in this game. But we were not accurate enough in the box. You must be. You must kill every situation you are in. When we create situations, we must be more clinical.”

Arsenal did let up slightly in the second period, but they never looked threatened in the match.

Villa showed a lack of ideas for much of the contest, and Arsenal largely dealt with them without breaking sweat.

The Villans' best spell of the match came late on, when Adama Traore was introduced and scared the Gunners’ back-line with his direct running.

Villa have now failed to win any of their last 15 Premier League matches, and their chances of survival are looking bleak.

Garde’s men are already eight points away from safety – with their next match coming against an improving Newcastle United side on Saturday.

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