Martin Keown sympathises with Aston Villa over Alan Hutton penalty decision

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The BBC pundit and former Arsenal defender did not think The Gunners deserved a penalty at Villa Park.

Aston Villa's horror start to the Premier League season has continued after a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at Villa Park on Sunday.

The result means Villa are still searching for their first win of the season since the opening game against Bournemouth.

Villa, on six points a week before Christmas, look to be on their way to the second tier of English football.

But some Villa fans might have felt aggrieved about the result on Sunday.

The fact is they didn't play that bad, just conceded two sloppy goals. However many fans believe both were harsh.

Alan Hutton clumsily challenged Theo Walcott in the area for the opening goal from the penalty spot whilst Gana Gueye might have been fouled in the build-up to the second goal.

Indeed Villa had one unlikely supporter for the first goal. Martin Keown, a former Arsenal star, had this to say to the BBC about the penalty award:

"This is just an early Christmas gift for Arsenal. It was never a penalty, it's very harsh on Alan Hutton.

"Aston Villa had started so well too, with the fans right behind them. Everything is going wrong for them at the moment."

It was certainly a 50-50 decision and when the luck is with a team it is the sort of decision that goes your way.

Unfortunately, as with many things at Villa this present moment, luck is going against them.

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