Aston Villa player ratings v Arsenal: Jordan Ayew the lone bright spot

Relegated Villa bid farewell to the Premier League with a 4-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium after conceding three goals during the last 12 minutes.

Mark Bunn 6/10 – Couldn’t do much about Olivier Giroud’s three strikes and was unfortunate to see Mikel Arteta’s late effort bounce off his back and into the net. Made four saves to prevent the scoreline from looking worse.

Jordan Lyden 6.5/10 – Applied himself well in a less-than-favourable right wing-back role before being forced off injured with 15 minutes remaining. Fingers crossed it’s not too serious.

Leandro Bacuna 5/10 – Playing at centre-back again, the versatile Dutchman unsurprisingly looked lost against the likes of Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Joleon Lescott 6/10 – Withdrawn midway through the second half after picking up an injury. Had been just about coping against Arsenal’s high-powered attack beforehand but Villa fans will still hope that’s his last appearance in a claret and blue shirt.

Kevin Toner 5/10 – A tough day for the 19-year-old Irishman as he was arguably culpable for all three of Giroud’s goals. Still, his prior performances over recent weeks suggest that his future at Villa remains bright.

Aly Cissokho 5/10 – Failed to offer much going forward and struggled to keep Hector Bellerin and Jack Wilshere in check over the course of the afternoon.

Carlos Sanchez 6/10 – Started strong but wilted late on as the floodgates opened. Nonetheless, he still managed a team-high four tackles and completed 89 percent of his 48 passes.

Ashley Westwood 6/10 – Neat in possession but was left exposed and overrun in midfield. Attempted one weak effort on goal in the first half.

Idrissa Gana 5/10 – Coasted through the game without providing enough protection for the back four or offering much going forward. A poor note to go out on should he leave in the summer.

Scott Sinclair 5/10 – Offered little impact up top, much like in his recent performances. Should have done better with a first-half shot which he dragged wide.

Jordan Ayew 7/10 – Caused Arsenal’s defence some real problems with his pace and movement but didn’t get nearly enough service. It’ll take some effort from Villa to convince him to stay this summer.


Micah Richards (Lescott 65) 5/10 – Caught out of position on Giroud’s hat-trick goal.

Jack Grealish (Lyden 75) 6/10 – Didn’t see much of the ball during his 15-minute cameo.

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