Gabriel sends message to Arsenal fans after damning Aston Villa defeat

Arsenal were battered by Aston Villa on Sunday in a one-sided demolition.

The Gunners were embarrassed by Dean Smith’s side at The Emirates as Ollie Watkins grabbed a second-half double to add to Bukayo Saka’s own goal.

Arsenal were poor going forward, as they failed to create any chances for their front three of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Willian.

Mikel Arteta played a 5-2-3 formation for the match, with Gabriel Magalhaes lining up alongside Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney at centre-back.

But they were frequently found out by Villa’s fast-paced attack, and were made to pay when they went searching for an equalising goal in the second-half.

Villa were able to pick apart Arsenal’s defence in the latter stages of the match, with Gabriel, Tierney and Holding exposed at the back.

The performance was described by many Arsenal fans as the worst since Arteta took over from Unai Emery last year.

And Gabriel has promised Gunners supporters that the team will be working to move past Sunday’s embarrassment.

Taking to Instagram, he conceded that he was obviously upset with the result but would be putting it behind him.

“Very sad about yesterday’s result,” Gabriel wrote.

“But it will not affect us, we will work hard to improve in all aspects!”

Arteta conceded after the game that he took full responsibility for the way Arsenal played.

He said: "First of all congratulations to Aston Villa for the way they played and the victory," he said.

"After that, we performed below our standards and I have to say it's the first time I've seen us play and we weren't a team.

"I take full responsibility. We didn't start well enough, we got away with VAR for an offside situation but we lost all the races, the duels and we were sloppy on the ball.

“When we created chances we didn't hit the target. It's a really bad combination. We left spaces and on the counter we looked really vulnerable.

"I take full responsibility. I am responsible to make the team perform on the pitch and today we were not a team and it is my job. It is why I am standing here."

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