Aston Villa: Ashley Preece hails Tyrone Mings moment vs Arsenal
Journalist Ashley Preece hailed one ‘incredible’ moment from Tyrone Mings’ in Aston Villa‘s 4-2 defeat at home to Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime.
The Lowdown: Unlucky result for Villa
Unai Emery‘s side faced a massive Premier League clash at Villa Park, with the Gunners heading there after failing to win any of their last four matches.
A brilliant game saw Ollie Watkins open the scoring early on and Bukayo Saka equalise for the visitors, only for Philippe Coutinho to fire Villa back in front.
Oleksandr Zinchenko made it 2-2 in the second half with the Gunners then going on to steal a very hard-fought and dramatic late win.
Jorginho’s late long-range effort struck the underside of Villa’s crossbar only to bounce back in off the helpless Emiliano Martinez, making it 3-2 before Gabriel Martinelli scored Arsenal’s fourth on the counter-attack.
The Latest: Preece lauds Mings
Taking to Twitter, Preece hailed Mings for one moment in the first half – particularly his phenomenal clearance at 1-0 to keep out at Arsenal when they had a brilliant first half chance.
“Tyrone Mings typifying his importance there as he rushes back to stop Nketiah from tapping home from Ben White’s shot-come-cross across goal. Incredible defending, Mings.”
The Verdict: Crucial player…
Mings hasn’t always been on top form this season but that excellent but of individual defending was much more like it from the centre-back.
Granted, the 29-year-old’s headed clearance did go straight to Saka for his goal, but Villa’s centre-back also made 5 clearances (more than anyone in Emery’s backline) and won 100% of his aerial duels, according to Sofascore.
Mings remains such an important player Emery when he is performing like this, with his physicality and experience making him a different animal defensively.
The key now for him is to find a consistent level whilst continuing to silence any real potential doubters.