Arsenal 1 Aston Villa 3
(Giroud 5, Benteke 22, 61 (pen) Luna 85)

So much pre- season expectation and promise that Arsenal – armed with their new found financial muscle would see Arsene Wenger finally appease the massive demands of the long suffering Arsenal faithful were blown away by Aston Villa at the Emirates stadium. Despite taking the lead through Olivier Giroud after only five minutes, Arsenal were blown away by Christian Benteke’s controversial double, with Antonio Luna compounding Wenger’s misery with a Villa third.

Laurent Koscielny was shown his second yellow card after the hour mark, however there was minimal contact between Andreas Weiman and Koscielny’s challenge. It was a harsh decision by referee Anthony Taylor and especially as, moments earlier for his first yellow card, the France defender clearly got a boot to the ball as Gabriel Agbonlahor raced away.

The Arsenal fans’ shock and disbelief was evident, but their ire was to voluminously turn away from the match official and towards Wenger himself, who not for the first time was urged to spend some money,

Based on his long established notion that the Gunners would only buy players who would improve his team, would suggest a new side is now long overdue. Or is that too harsh an assessment?

Try telling that to those Arsenal fans who are having to fork out record high prices for their season tickets, and then forcibly having to wallow in the abject mediocrity which was served up here.

Public forays in search of marquee reinforcements for Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney have all but been rebuffed by their current clubs, with Wenger in danger of facing another last minute transfer scramble to add to his team.

Villa won only five away games last season, but sensing the Gunners’ fragility, Benteke and Agbonlahor were to ensure the Midlanders would record another famous win at the Emirates.

There seemed little to suggest the scoreline would record a home loss when Jack Wilshere stared a move deep in his half to release Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain. Giroud raced onto the England man’s cross to smartly finish past Brad Guzan. Midway through the first half however. Villa levelled. Agbonlahor’s pace took him clear of the Gunners defence. Wojciech Szczesny was adjudged to have brought down the Villa man and although the Poland keeper saved Benteke’s spot kick, the powerful Belgian was able to head in the rebound.

More woe for Wenger as Kieran Gibbs was replaced by Carl Jenkison after a nasty class of heads, and such is the desperation of need of onfield personnel, Bacary Sagna was now being asked to play at left back.

Tomas Rosicky almost single handedly tried to get Arsenal back in the game, but Guzan saved one effort at point blank range with the Czech Republic hitting an earlier effort high and off target after a neat one two with Giroud.

With Arsenal harshly reduced to ten men, Benteke got his second of the afternoon, sending Szczesny the wrong way from the spot for a shock 2-1 scoreline. The nerves of the home side were further shredded when Luna raced away from left back on a swift counter attack towards a central striker’s position, to finish well past the exposed Szcesny. By then substitute Santi Cazorla had been denied by a fine reflex save from Guzan. In suffering their first opening day loss in thirteen seasons, their remain more questions than answers over Wenger and Arsenal’s ambition. Looking on, those sought after marquee signings may not have been persuaded to switch. On the strengths of this display, who would blame them for not wanting to either.