Aston Villa managed a stunning 3-1 win over top four chasing Arsenal on the opening day of the season. The Midlanders were extremely impressive in the match, as they managed to complete a rout of a hapless Arsenal which was not predicted on the sports betting markets.
Villa striker Christian Benteke became the leading goal scorer in the Premier league in 2013 after his two goals against Arsenal. Despite this impressive performance, manager Paul Lambert has asked his players to remain grounded because they have just played only the first match of the season.
Villa struggled against relegation last season and it was only due to the brilliance of Benteke that they were able to stay in the Premier league.
Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton has taken the distinction of being the first player to score the 20,000th Premier League goal.
Marc Albrighton achieved this record in the midweek match against Arsenal. Even though Aston Villa lost the match at the last, Marc Albrighton has been rewarded with his achievement by allowing him to donate £ 20,000 to charity of his choice.
The previous landmark of 15,000 goals in the Premier League was achieved in December 2006 by Martin Votz of Fulham. Les Ferdinand was the another player to create this kind of record back in 2001 when he scored the 10,000th goal while playing for Tottenham.
Aston Villa were left wondering how they ended their game against Arsenal pointless after dominating much of the match.
The home side spurned a number of good chances before Theo Walcott was fouled in the box and Robin van Persie stepped up to blast home the resulting penalty.
But things changed when Marc Albrighton made the most of a defensive mix up between Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mretesacker.
The former was unable to find the latter with a simple pass and the Villa man nipped in, rounded Arsenal keep Tomas Szczesny and slotted home what was the Premier League’s 20,000th goal.