Christian Benteke scored twice and Antonio Luna added a third as Aston Villa came from behind to stun Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on the opening day.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring, but Benteke headed an equaliser after Wojciech Szczesny saved his penalty.

Benteke controversially put Villa ahead from the spot after a foul by Laurent Koscielny, who was later shown a second yellow card for a mistimed challenge.

New signing Luna raced clear to seal Arsenal's woe with a low strike.

Analysis

"There have been links with some good players so there is an intention to buy them but they need to deliver. It is very worrying. The manager has been good in the transfer window in the past and he needs to bring that back. There are 16 days to go in the window and they are massive for the club. They need to improve the squad, they only just made the Champions League last season and their near neighbours Tottenham have strengthened."

The full-time whistle was greeted with resounding boos from the home crowd, although the arena was near-empty by that point.

Arsenal's only summer signing to date is the free transfer of 20-year-old French striker Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre, and supporters were repeatedly chanting for their club to spend some money.

Arsene Wenger has 16 days to bolster the squad, but his immediate priority will be Wednesday's Champions League play-off first leg at Fenerbahce.

It was Arsenal's first home defeat on the season's opening day in 20 years and only Villa's sixth victory in 28 league trips to the Gunners.

It was a indication of Arsenal's lack of transfer activity that their starting line-up was identical to the side which finished the final match of last season away to Newcastle.

In contrast to Wenger, Paul Lambert has recruited six new faces in the off-season and, although only Luna and Leandro Bacuna featured on this occasion, there was certainly a sense of freshness about their play.

Everything went against us - Wenger

Arguably Lambert's best piece of business has been convincing Benteke to withdraw his transfer request and sign a new contract, with the Belgian's importance illustrated one again.

Arsenal dominated the early stages and it told when Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky combined to release Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left. He clipped in a low cross that Giroud converted with a first-time finish.

But the Gunners rarely looked like extending the advantage.

Benteke scored or created 49% of Villa's league goals last season and he got off the mark for this campaign with a close-range header after Szczesny stopped his penalty with a diving save.

The Pole had conceded the spot-kick by upending Gabriel Agbonlahor, who surged through Arsenal's defence.

Villa showed greater urgency after the equaliser, denying Wilshere, Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey the time and space they earlier enjoyed.

Lambert proud of 'outstanding' Villa

An injured Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced by Santi Cazorla and the Spaniard's arrival gave Arsenal renewed impetus: Giroud going close and Rosicky blazing over when clean through after a slick move.

But such ambition was leaving them exposed at the back and Fabian Delph's drive came back off the post - Hawk-Eye technology was used for the first time in the Premier League to show it had not crossed the line - before Agbonlahor launched the latest of numerous counter-attacks.

Koscielny slid in on Agbonlahor and appeared to touch the ball, but referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the penalty spot.

Benteke sent Szczesny the wrong way and Arsenal's day deteriorated as Koscielny was shown a second yellow card for bringing down Andreas Weimann.

Despite the anger pouring down from the stands, Arsenal composed themselves to press for a leveller and the excellent Brad Guzan foiled Rosicky, before clawing Cazorla's close-ranger shot on to the bar.

Wenger's men were caught out one final time when Andreas Weimann released Luna and he fired past Szczesny at the near post.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:

"After weathering the early storm we were outstanding, especially on the counter-attack. We were absolutely frightening at times - Agbonlahor produced as good a performance as I've seen in many a year, he was unplayable. We were very strong at the top of the pitch but, all round, Agbonlahor was frightening with his speed. Guzan also produced two world-class saves. We were well worthy of winning the game.

"On the first penalty, Gabby had no right to get there. I've seen them given as red cards but the referee had a good game. The second penalty was a stone-waller. We know the league is really hard, you have to start as well as you can and if you're not 100% you will end up losing games.

"I'm proud of them, they deserve credit. The front three lads are a handful for any team. We're a really young side with enthusiasm and hunger for the game and to do well. There's a long, long way to go, we will have ups and downs, but after that I'm over the moon."

Lineup, Bookings (10) & Substitutions (5)

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny Booked
  • 03 Sagna (Podolski - 90' )
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 28 Gibbs (Jenkinson - 28' )
  • 07 Rosicky
  • 10 Wilshere Booked
  • 14 Walcott
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain (Cazorla - 46' Booked )
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 12 Giroud

Substitutes

  • 21 Fabianski
  • 25 Jenkinson
  • 19 Cazorla
  • 26 Frimpong
  • 44 Gnabry
  • 09 Podolski
  • 22 Sanogo

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 02 Baker (Clark - 17' )
  • 04 Vlaar Booked
  • 14 Luna Booked
  • 34 Lowton
  • 08 El Ahmadi
  • 15 Westwood Booked
  • 16 Delph
  • 10 Weimann (Bacuna - 88' )
  • 11 Agbonlahor Booked
  • 20 Benteke Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Steer
  • 05 Okore
  • 06 Clark
  • 07 Bacuna
  • 24 Tonev
  • 09 Helenius
  • 21 Bowery
Ref: Taylor
Att: 60,003

Match Stats

Shots

16 9

On target

4 4

Corners

4 3

Fouls

15 18

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:26 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:57

Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +4:37

Gabriel Agbonlahor is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +4:37 Booking

Booking

90:00 +4:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

90:00 +4:19

Clearance by Ashley Westwood.

90:00 +4:11

Clearance by Ron Vlaar.

90:00 +3:24 Substitution

Substitution Lukas Podolski joins the action as a substitute, replacing Bacary Sagna.

90:00 +2:46

Shot by Leandro Bacuna missed to the left of the net.

90:00 +2:37

Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:34

Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.

89:50

Unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Christian Benteke results in a free kick.

88:45

Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.

87:56

Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.

87:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Leandro Bacuna.

87:18 Substitution

Substitution Andreas Weimann goes off and Leandro Bacuna comes on.

86:15

The ball is delivered by Carl Jenkinson.

84:53

The assist for the goal came from Andreas Weimann.

84:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Antonio Luna - Arsenal 1 - 3 A Villa Antonio Luna slots the ball left footed into the goal. Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa.

84:42

Santi Cazorla has an effort at goal. Antonio Luna gets a block in.

84:40

Clearance by Christian Benteke.

84:37

Corner taken by Theo Walcott.

84:20

Clearance made by Antonio Luna.

84:17

Centre by Theo Walcott.

83:11

Clearance by Per Mertesacker.

82:24

Aaron Ramsey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan makes a block.

82:18

Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

81:51

Clearance made by Karim El Ahmadi.

81:25

Clearance by Ciaran Clark.

81:01

Free kick taken by Tomas Rosicky.

80:56

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Tomas Rosicky, free kick awarded.

80:10

Christian Benteke has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

79:43

Bacary Sagna sends in a cross.

79:35

Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

79:11

Andreas Weimann takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Aaron Ramsey gets a block in.

79:01

Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

78:27

Santi Cazorla is cautioned.

78:27 Booking

Booking

78:22

Foul by Santi Cazorla on Fabian Delph, free kick awarded.

78:14

Clearance by Ashley Westwood.

77:57

Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

77:44

Karim El Ahmadi has an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny catches the ball.

77:13

Bacary Sagna produces a cross.

77:09

Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Bradley Guzan parries the ball but the danger is not over.

76:45

Per Mertesacker takes the free kick.

75:53

Fabian Delph gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Jenkinson.

75:17

Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.

75:07

Clearance by Ron Vlaar.

75:04

Tomas Rosicky crosses the ball.

74:31

Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.

71:23

Tomas Rosicky takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan fumbles the ball.

70:49

Theo Walcott makes a clearance.

70:25

Carl Jenkinson sends in a cross.

70:17

Free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

70:08

Theo Walcott fouled by Ashley Westwood, the ref awards a free kick.

70:07

Ron Vlaar takes the free kick.

69:03

Theo Walcott has an effort direct from the free kick that misses left.

68:20

Ron Vlaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky.

66:53

Matthew Lowton takes the free kick.

66:06

Red card for Laurent Koscielny.

66:06 Dismissal

Dismissal

65:59

Laurent Koscielny challenges Andreas Weimann unfairly and gives away a free kick.

65:36

Fabian Delph manages to make a clearance.

65:35

Matthew Lowton manages to make a clearance.

65:32

The ball is crossed by Olivier Giroud.

65:17

Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.

64:57 Booking

Booking

64:57

Ashley Westwood is shown a yellow card.

64:53

Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Ashley Westwood results in a free kick.

63:51

Header by Olivier Giroud misses right.

63:49

Tomas Rosicky produces a cross.

63:17

Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.

62:23

Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

62:13

Clearance by Matthew Lowton.

62:11

Centre by Theo Walcott.

60:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Christian Benteke - Arsenal 1 - 2 A Villa Penalty taken right-footed by Christian Benteke and scored. Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa.

60:13 Booking

Booking

60:13

Laurent Koscielny shown a yellow card.

60:06

Gabriel Agbonlahor fouled by Laurent Koscielny, the ref awards a Penalty.

59:47

Free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

59:17 Booking

Booking

59:17

Christian Benteke is shown a yellow card.

59:06

Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Ramsey.

59:03

Aaron Ramsey manages to make a clearance.

57:35

Clearance made by Santi Cazorla.

56:32

Header by Olivier Giroud misses to the right of the target.

56:30

A cross is delivered by Tomas Rosicky.

56:22

Tomas Rosicky takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.

56:03

Antonio Luna makes a clearance.

54:59

Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.

54:31

Matthew Lowton concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere.

54:13

Antonio Luna restarts play with the free kick.

53:45

Per Mertesacker concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor.

53:40

Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

53:39

The ball is delivered by Carl Jenkinson.

53:08

Free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.

52:48

Unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann by Bacary Sagna results in a free kick.

52:41

Clearance made by Ciaran Clark.

52:04

Fabian Delph takes a shot and hits the post.

51:08

Shot by Tomas Rosicky went over the bar.

50:28

Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.

49:23

Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.

49:22

Clearance made by Karim El Ahmadi.

49:06

Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.

49:04

The ball is delivered by Carl Jenkinson.

48:16

Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.

48:13

Carl Jenkinson restarts play with the free kick.

47:53

Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Gabriel Agbonlahor results in a free kick.

47:45

Clearance by Per Mertesacker.

47:26

Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

46:59

Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

46:44

Clearance made by Andreas Weimann.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves the field to be replaced by Santi Cazorla.

45:00 +4:34 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +4:26

Ashley Westwood makes a clearance.

45:00 +4:20

Free kick crossed by Jack Wilshere.

45:00 +3:37 Booking

Booking

45:00 +3:37

Caution for Antonio Luna.

45:00 +2:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Antonio Luna on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

45:00 +2:40

Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +2:36

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.

45:00 +2:11

Carl Jenkinson makes a clearance.

45:00 +2:08

The ball is delivered by Fabian Delph.

45:00 +0:52

Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:40

Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere.

44:19

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain takes a shot. Ashley Westwood gets a block in.

44:03

The ball is delivered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

43:19

Clearance by Carl Jenkinson.

42:27

Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.

42:22

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.

41:49

Clearance by Bacary Sagna.

41:01

Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

40:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on Fabian Delph.

40:20

Clearance made by Ashley Westwood.

40:18

A cross is delivered by Olivier Giroud.

40:17

Header at goal by Olivier Giroud. Ciaran Clark gets a block in.

40:15

The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott.

39:49

Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

39:30

Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Gabriel Agbonlahor results in a free kick.

39:25

Clearance by Bacary Sagna.

39:16

Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

38:35

Clearance by Fabian Delph.

38:34

Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.

38:30

Jack Wilshere crosses the ball in from the free kick.

38:03

Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky.

36:22

Header at goal by Christian Benteke misses left of the target.

36:18

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood.

35:39

Ashley Westwood takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny parries the effort to safety.

35:30

Clearance by Wojciech Szczesny.

35:29

Clearance by Wojciech Szczesny.

35:06

Clearance by Ashley Westwood.

35:06

Carl Jenkinson delivers the ball.

34:15

Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.

33:36

Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.

33:34

Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

32:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Rosicky on Gabriel Agbonlahor.

32:24

Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.

32:19

Karim El Ahmadi challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick.

31:47

Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.

31:26

Clearance made by Aaron Ramsey.

30:36

Clearance made by Theo Walcott.

30:20

Theo Walcott crosses the ball in from the free kick.

29:51

Jack Wilshere booked for unsporting behaviour.

29:51 Booking

Booking

29:30

Ron Vlaar is given a yellow card.

29:30 Booking

Booking

29:06

Ron Vlaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere.

28:55

Clearance by Ron Vlaar.

28:50

Clearance by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

28:39

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes a clearance.

28:08 Substitution

Substitution Carl Jenkinson on for Kieran Gibbs.

24:21

Kieran Gibbs makes a clearance.

24:14

Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

23:40

Olivier Giroud concedes a free kick for a foul on Antonio Luna.

23:36

Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

22:58

Clearance made by Andreas Weimann.

22:54

Clearance by Antonio Luna.

22:52

The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna.

21:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Christian Benteke - Arsenal 1 - 1 A Villa Christian Benteke heads the ball into the goal. Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa.

21:46 Penalty

Placed penalty taken by Christian Benteke saved by Wojciech Szczesny. Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa.

20:52

Wojciech Szczesny goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

20:52 Booking

Booking

20:35

Penalty awarded for a foul by Wojciech Szczesny on Gabriel Agbonlahor.

19:51

Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

19:50

Andreas Weimann crosses the ball.

19:06

Header at goal by Olivier Giroud misses to the right.

19:05

The ball is sent over by Jack Wilshere.

18:38

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has an effort at goal. Ciaran Clark gets a block in.

18:11

Free kick taken by Fabian Delph.

17:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bacary Sagna on Fabian Delph.

16:49 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Baker leaves the field to be replaced by Ciaran Clark.

15:14

Free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.

14:41

Foul by Olivier Giroud on Matthew Lowton, free kick awarded.

11:04

Free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.

10:37

Unfair challenge on Karim El Ahmadi by Aaron Ramsey results in a free kick.

10:19

Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

10:17

A cross is delivered by Fabian Delph.

10:08

Clearance made by Kieran Gibbs.

10:06

The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

9:39

Ron Vlaar restarts play with the free kick.

9:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tomas Rosicky on Ashley Westwood.

8:35

Clearance made by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

8:33

Fabian Delph manages to make a clearance.

8:29

Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

8:07

Fabian Delph manages to make a clearance.

8:06

Header by Olivier Giroud misses to the right of the target.

8:04

Corner taken by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line.

6:22

Clearance made by Nathan Baker.

6:21

Olivier Giroud manages to make a clearance.

5:14

The assist for the goal came from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

5:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Olivier Giroud - Arsenal 1 - 0 A Villa Olivier Giroud scores with a left foot finish. Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa.

4:45

Ron Vlaar restarts play with the free kick.

4:14

Foul by Aaron Ramsey on Christian Benteke, free kick awarded.

3:41

Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

3:22

Andreas Weimann is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

3:15

Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

2:47

Unfair challenge on Fabian Delph by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick.

2:14

Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.

2:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

1:49

Christian Benteke makes a clearance.

1:45

Corner from the left by-line taken by Theo Walcott.

1:27

Clearance by Karim El Ahmadi.

1:25

A cross is delivered by Jack Wilshere.

1:22

Theo Walcott takes a short corner.

1:08

Clearance made by Andreas Weimann.

1:06

Kieran Gibbs produces a cross.

0:54

Nathan Baker makes a clearance.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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