Aston Villa’s astounding improvement this season continues, while Arsenal might need to wait for the summer for their own regeneration.
Watkins’ early goal is enough for Aston Villa to see off Arsenal. Villa put together a resolute display that was tantalising and tenacious in equal measure.
Arsenal huffed and puffed but didn’t have the cutting edge to recover after going behind.
It’s likely to be a frustrating campaign for the Gunners in the meantime.
Villa rise to eighth in the Premier League table.
A Europa League spot is still very much a realistic aim for them, especially as they still hold a game in hand on their rivals. Arsenal stay 10th but may well drop into the bottom half later this weekend.