Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa: Gunners hit three previous lacklustre Villa

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the fourth participant to attain a Premier League objective for Arsenal on every single day of the week, after Thierry Henry, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal gained a completely deserved victory over Aston Villa to maneuver into the highest half of the Premier League desk.

Thomas Partey headed in Emile Smith Rowe’s nook for his first objective for the Gunners – having earlier hit the crossbar.

Proper on the finish of the primary half, Arsenal got a penalty after an extended video assistant referee evaluation for a Matt Targett foul on Alexandre Lacazette.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty was saved excellently by former Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez, however the Gabon striker put residence the rebound from shut vary.

Villa improved on a completely wretched first half, however Smith Rowe scored Arsenal’s third 11 minutes into the second half.

He gained the ball in his personal half after which completed the transfer through a deflection and the submit.

The guests acquired a comfort when Jacob Ramsey curled his first Villa objective into the highest nook from 20 yards. They placed on good stress and created just a few probabilities within the closing phases nevertheless it was too little, too late.

“That is how we have now to play,” mentioned Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta. “That is after we are good, after we play with actual want, actual dedication and may have clear concepts of find out how to assault them.

“That is what you get [from young players]. They’ll get you the extent, they want the consistency. That comes with expertise and maturity. It has to occur now. They confirmed they’ll do it tonight.”

Extra prefer it from Arsenal

This didn’t seem like a recreation between two groups sitting subsequent to one another within the desk – however Arsenal had been twelfth and Villa thirteenth earlier than kick-off.

Arsenal are able to good spells – like firstly of Monday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace – and good video games – just like the 3-1 win over Tottenham.

This was one of many good video games, effectively for 80 minutes.

Aston Villa had been the alternative of their 3-2 defeat by Wolves. They collapsed there within the closing 10 minutes – however this time that was after they that they had most of their probabilities.

They didn’t handle a shot within the first half, the primary time since Could 2018 that has occurred to a crew enjoying in opposition to Arsenal within the league.

The Gunners ought to have been out of sight – Partey had hit the woodwork from shut vary earlier than headed them into the lead.

Aubameyang had a objective disallowed for a debatable Lacazette foul and Martinez made a number of sensible saves.

However Arsenal acquired the second they deserved in first-half damage time. The gang thought Craig Pawson was whistling for half-time however he was truly stopping play for a VAR session.

Targett was about to clear the ball when Lacazette stepped throughout him and drew a foul as a substitute. The penalty was given and Aubameyang scored on the second try.

Villa had extra risk after they introduced on winger Leon Bailey for defender Axel Tuanzebe at half-time, however after their first couple of probabilities, Smith Rowe wrapped it up.

Or so it appeared till Ramsey scored the most effective objective of the sport. Ollie Watkins, Ramsey and Bailey all had probabilities to for Villa however couldn’t arrange a tense finale.

Smith ‘confused’ about penalty

Aston Villa supervisor Dean Smith informed BBC Sport: “First half we acquired dominated bodily. I can take the second half. I do not anticipate us to get dominated bodily although. You’ll be able to’t give groups within the Premier League a head begin.

“We knew Arsenal would begin shortly however we allowed them to regulate the primary half.

“I’m confused concerning the penalty. We spoke at size [before the season] concerning the lower-contact frivolous penalties.

“I’ve seen it as soon as and may’t work out if he touches ball first or man. If we’re a penalty that lengthy perhaps they are not given.”

Participant of the match

Smith RoweEmile Smith Rowe

Aston Villa

  1. Squad quantity41Participant titleRamsey

  2. Squad quantity1Participant titleMartínez

  3. Squad quantity31Participant titleBailey

  4. Squad quantity2Participant titleMoney

  5. Squad quantity7Participant titleMcGinn

  6. Squad quantity4Participant titleKonsa

  7. Squad quantity5Participant titleMings

  8. Squad quantity6Participant titleDouglas Luiz

  9. Squad quantity21Participant titleEl Ghazi

  10. Squad quantity16Participant titleTuanzebe

  11. Squad quantity20Participant titleIngs

  12. Squad quantity3Participant titleTargett

  13. Squad quantity11Participant titleWatkins

  14. Squad quantity10Participant titleBuendía



Formation 4-4-2

  • 32Ramsdale
  • 18Tomiyasu
  • 4White
  • 6Gabriel
  • 20Varela Tavares
  • 7Saka
  • 23Sambi LokongaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMaitland-Nilesat 73′minutes
  • 5Partey
  • 10Smith Rowe
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forØdegaardat 68′minutes
  • 14AubameyangBooked at 66minsSubstituted forMartinelliat 90+1′minutes


  • 1Leno
  • 8Ødegaard
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 16Holding
  • 17Cédric Soares
  • 19Pépé
  • 25Elneny
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 35Martinelli

Aston Villa

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Martínez
  • 4Konsa
  • 16TuanzebeSubstituted forBaileyat 45′minutes
  • 5MingsBooked at 27mins
  • 2Money
  • 7McGinnBooked at 32mins
  • 6Douglas LuizBooked at 84mins
  • 3TargettBooked at 60mins
  • 10BuendíaSubstituted forRamseyat 68′minutes
  • 20IngsSubstituted forEl Ghaziat 77′minutes
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 2mins


  • 8Sanson
  • 12Steer
  • 18Younger
  • 19Nakamba
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 30Hause
  • 31Bailey
  • 35Archer
  • 41Ramsey

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