Benteke double condemns Arsenal to defeat

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Christian Benteke scored twice as Arsenal’s Premier League ambitions suffered an opening day setback with a 3-1 loss at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

The result threw into sharp focus the failure of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to strengthen his side in pre-season.

Olivier Giroud put the home side ahead in the sixth minute but Arsenal’s promising start at the Emirates Stadium was quickly forgotten as Villa’s Benteke scored twice before Antonio Luna wrapped up the win for the visitors.

A dismal afternoon for Arsenal was made worse by the 66th minute dismissal of Laurent Koscielny.AFP



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