The game could not have started more dully, with both sides filling the first half-hour with sloppy passing and slow ball movement by their respective defenders.
Eventually, though, the mood intensified and each team began to press for a goal. Or at least I suppose they wanted goals. For all their possession, Arsenal had one solitary shot on goal, and only one of Villa's really troubled Wojciech Szczesny.
In the end, Arsenal will think of this match as two points lost, while Aston Villa will regard it as one gained. The draw was a fair result, and one that taught us a great deal.
Let's examine six things we learned from this game.