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Two points off top spot – can Emery stop Arsenal in their tracks?

Arsenal secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Brentford on Saturday to move to the top of the Premier League standings after 13 games.

Meanwhile, Unai Emery’s Aston Villa inflicted a third consecutive defeat on Tottenham Hotspur. The Villains climbed above them into fourth place, just two points off the top.

Villa have bounced back from opening day 5-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United and have been cruising this season under former Arsenal manager Emery.

Villa’s win yesterday took them into the top four of the Premier League for the first time since 2009. 

Emery can scream to the high heavens that Villa aren’t contenders for the title, but he has them level on points with Liverpool and a point off champions Manchester City. They are contenders!

He has improved his squad, with the biggest testament being Ollie Watkins, as the England international striker looks like a man born again. 

The 27-year-old has continued his fine form from last season, in which he bagged 15 goals in 37 league games, leading them into the Europa Conference League. He has netted seven times in the league this season.

Midfielder Douglas Luiz has also been improving constantly since Emery’s arrival, while wingers Leon Bailey and Moussa Diaby are the livewires of the team.

Emery’s tactical prowess and managerial acumen have breathed new life into Villa, transforming them into genuine contenders for the Premier League crown. 

The narrative has shifted from a team seeking redemption to one poised for glory, creating a buzz among the Villa faithful and across the league.

As Arsenal chase their first title since the 2003/04 campaign, the looming question is whether Emery can halt their charge, adding an extra layer of excitement to the unfolding drama of the Premier League title race.

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