The Aston Villa captain had good and bad moments at the Emirates.
Jack Grealish has divided Aston Villa fans this season and today has been no different.
The Villa-daft midfielder captained Dean Smith’s side at Arsenal today, but it ended in a 3-2 defeat for the visitors.
Grealish’s brilliant run through the Gunners’ defence ultimately resulted in Wesley firing Aston Villa into a 2-1 lead against Unai Emery’s side with half-an-hour to play.
It was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang whose 84th-minute free kick downed the Villans, but some fans of the West Midlands club have questioned Grealish in the wall – and are particularly questioning whether their skipper could have blocked it had he not jumped out of the way.
Grealish turns away from ball in the wall, no way its a goal otherwise.— Brian Sidhu (@funsterr) September 22, 2019
If grealish holds hes position in that wall does aubameyang score?? #AVFC— Robert Gibbons (@robgibb01) September 22, 2019
What’s the point of putting Grealish in a wall if it’s going to get out of the way of the ball— Seamus O Robson (@SeamusORobson) September 22, 2019
Grealish has to be dropped, last 3 games his passing and choice making has been shocking, lazily selling it short or holding it for too long, this isn’t the championship anymore, and if you’re putting yourself in the wall, don’t turn when the shot is coming straight at you #AVFC— Stack (@Kyle_Sands_) September 22, 2019
I can’t say I’ve ever seen a game where I’ve thought “Wow, that Grealish…what a player!” but I can’t blame him for the defeat, even if he did blow his assignment in the wall.— Simon Turner (@SiTurn62) September 22, 2019
Grealish stinks yo. He’s bang average and he actually just jumped out of the balls path https://t.co/zLP3aqBdgz— BerrSerKEr (@TheDonsQuill) September 22, 2019
There’s certainly an argument to be made that Aubameyang may not have scored had Grealish jumped straight but, by the same token, television replays haven’t offered conclusive evidence.
And really, it doesn’t matter if he did or not. The cold facts are that Aston Villa are 18th in the Premier League table after winning only four points from six games so far.