Aston Villa 2 Arsenal 4

Arsenal scored twice in stoppage time to win a six-goal thriller at Aston Villa and return to the top of the Premier League. Jorginho’s shot came off the crossbar and bounced in off Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez to put Arsenal 3-2 up, before substitute Gabriel Martinelli raced clear to score as Villa chased an equaliser. Villa twice led, through Ollie Watkins and Philippe Coutinho, in the first half. They were pegged back by goals from Bukayo Saka and Oleksandr Zinchenko either side of the break. Victory ended Arsenal’s run of three games without a win and took them back above Manchester City after losing to them in midweek.

There was an electric pace to the game from the off, and Villa took the lead inside five minutes through Watkins’ fourth goal in as many matches. He caught Arsenal cold on the counter, latching on to Matty Cash’s long pass before beating William Saliba and finding the far corner. It took only 11 minutes for Arsenal to respond. Moments after Tyrone Mings cleared Eddie Nketiah’s shot on to the bar, Saka levelled with a powerful effort into the roof of the net. Coutinho, making his first league start under Villa boss Unai Emery, put the hosts back in front, rounding off a wonderful team move with a calm finish from inside the area. On the hour Zinchenko found space at the edge of the box and fired in at the near post from a short corner for his first Arsenal goal, before Nketiah fired over minutes later.

Martin Odegaard shot wide with 14 minutes remaining and it looked as though it would not be Arsenal’s day until Jorginho and Martinelli’s vital contributions. There had been so much talk about Arsenal’s title chances after losing to City, despite the fact they went into this match level on points with a game in hand. For long periods they looked like they may come up short again. But they proved their mental strength with those stoppage-time goals, as well as the fact they twice came from behind. There was no panic as they probed and pushed late on, even when Nketiah and Odegaard missed chances and Villa were going for it themselves. Winning titles is about overcoming adversity under pressure, and that is exactly what Arsenal did today.

Eight Cool Facts About The Planet Mercury

Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, is only slightly larger than Earth’s moon and is pockmarked with craters. The planet is visible to the unaided eye and as such as has long been known to humans. The planet was first observed through the newly invented telescope in 1631 by astronomers¬†Galileo Galilei¬†and Thomas Harriot, according to¬†NASA Science(opens in new tab).

According to Universe Today(opens in new tab), the Sumerians mentioned the planet as early as the 2nd millennium BC (a period spanning 2000 BC to 1001 BC), and the Babylonians called it the planet Nabu. We know it by the name given by the Romans, after their swift-footed messenger god Mercury.

Even though Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, its surface can still be extremely cold, thanks to its lack of a heat-trapping atmosphere. The temperature during the day can reach a scorching 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius), but at night, temperatures can plummet as low as minus 290 F (minus 180 C), according to NASA(opens in new tab). That fluctuation equals a temperature swing of about 1,100 F (600 C), the largest of any planet in the solar system.

Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system. The dinky planet is approximately 3,030 miles (4,876 kilometers) in diameter, making it about as wide as the continental United States and only slightly bigger than Earth’s moon.

Saturn’s moon Titan and¬†Jupiter’s moon¬†Ganymede¬†are both larger than Mercury.¬†Pluto was long considered to be the smallest planet in the solar system, but after it was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006, the award of the smallest planet has been bestowed upon Mercury.

Mercury speeds around the sun every 88 Earth days, hurtling along at nearly 29 miles (47 kilometers) per second ‚ÄĒ faster than any other planet in the solar system, according to NASA. Mercury’s orbit is not only very fast but also highly elliptical. The planet gets as close as 29 million miles (47 million km) to the sun and as far as 42 million miles (70 million km) from the sun.

In 2012, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft¬†discovered water ice¬†inside some of Mercury’s craters. In 2017, it was confirmed that Mercury has¬†much more ice¬†strewn across its north polar region than previously thought. The existence of ice had first been suggested in the 1990s when Earth-based telescopes detected highly reflective spots in the polar regions.

Mercury has the thinnest atmosphere of any planet in the solar system. The atmosphere is so thin that scientists have another name for it ‚ÄĒ an exosphere. Mercury’s exosphere is composed mostly of oxygen, sodium, hydrogen, helium and potassium, according to NASA.

Six Things To Do With Left Over Valentine’s Day Chocolate

Ideas for Leftover Valentine’s Day Chocolate

CANDY CAKE

If the worst thing for you is how small Valentine’s Day candy chocolate is, make it big! Create a lava cake with leftover chocolate or make your favorite cake topped with conversation hearts. Yummy!

CHOCOLATE FONDUE

Leftover milk chocolate plus marshmallow cr√®me makes for one delicious party platter. Simply melt the chocolate, then mix in a 7-ounce jar of cr√®me, ¬ĺ cup of heavy whipping cream, 3 ounces of white baking chocolate, and ¬ľ cup toasted almonds, plus a dash of almond extract. Serve with fresh fruit or cubed pound cake.

CHOCOLATE-COVERED BACON

There is no wrong way to eat bacon, which means that there are numerous right ways to eat it. A drizzle of melted white and dark chocolate is one of those right ways. Many recipes you’ll come across for chocolate-covered bacon are pretty straightforward, and involve just 10 minutes or so of prep time. Refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes, and you’ve got yourself a sweet-and-savory post-Valentine’s Day snack.

POPCORN DRIZZLE

Chocolate-covered popcorn is a delicious alternative to the salty, buttery theater staple that you’re used to, and you can make it as simple or as involved as you like. Simply pop the popcorn, drip some chocolate on top, and start snacking away. Or, add in a few more ingredients like cocoa powder and vanilla, place the mixture on an oiled pan, and bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

SWEET FRENCH TOAST

Treat friends (or that special someone) to a post-Valentine’s Day brunch. The standout on your menu: Chocolate-and-banana french toast.

MODIFIED S’MORES

The chocolate component of a s’more is traditionally a bar, but who says it has to be? Break the rules and use whatever pieces you have lying around, even if they have nuts or other added ingredients. You may end up creating your new favorite campfire tradition.

Prompt from 29 BLOG POST PROMPTS FOR FEBRUARY at The Network Niche