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Aston Villa ace John McGinn reveals dressing room discussion after Arsenal defeat


John McGinn has revealed Aston Villa held a dressing room inquiry after the 3-2 defeat to 10-man Arsenal.

McGinn fired the Championship play-off winners into a first-half lead before Ainsley Maitland-Niles saw red when he picked up his second yellow card.

Nicolas Pepe netted his first Arsenal goal to level the scores before Wesley immediately netted to put Aston Villa back in front.

Despite the numerical advantage, the Villans could not hold onto their lead as Calum Chambers stabbed home a second equaliser before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a late winner.

The disappointing outcome came six days after Aston Villa failed to beat 10-man West Ham at home.

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Wesley instantly restored Aston Villa’s lead after Nicolas Pepe’s penalty

McGinn said: “That is two weeks in a row that teams down to 10 men have affected us badly. We have addressed it in the dressing room.

“I don’t know if it is a lack of belief or tiredness, which it shouldn’t be. We should be creating the chances but we weren’t.

“We showed we are dangerous and scored a good goal, concede one and then show it again. But we got deeper and deeper and you can’t do that. It is game management. It has cost us dearly this season.

“When you force pressure on yourself you get punished. We need to capitalise when things go for us in the game.

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Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates his winner against Aston Villa
Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates his winner against Aston Villa

“We are yet to get a VAR decision go our way. There was no surprise that (a late penalty call for handball) didn’t go for us.”

Wesley was also left frustrated by his team’s failure to hold onto the points.

“We are very disappointed,” he admitted. “We had 11 men and Arsenal had 10. We have to win these games.

“For 60 minutes we played well. We scored a goal then stayed back and Arsenal scored three more goals.

“We have to work hard because you cannot lose like this.”



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