Arsenal thump Villa in dominant display at the Emirates
Partey, Aubameyang and Smith Rowe score in one-sided match
Friday, 22nd October 2021 — By Tom Foot at the Emirates
ARSENAL 3 (Partey 23, Aubameyang pen 45+2, Rowe 56)
ASTON VILLA 1 (Ramsey 81)
ARSENAL dispatched a hapless Aston Villa with a dominant team performance, one of the best under Mikel Arteta.
Thomas Partey opened the scoring with a header from a Smith Rowe corner following relentless pressure from the Gunners.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scored a rebound after his penalty was brilliantly saved by his ex-teammate, Emiliano Martinez.
VAR had on the stroke of half time called referee Craig Pawson to look again at a foul on Alexandre Lacazette by Matt Targett.
Emile Smith Rowe put the game out of sight early in the second half, latching onto a flicked through ball from Aubameyang to score with a heavy deflection off Tyrone Mings.
James Ramsey grabbed one back for the visitors with a superb curling strike into the top corner with ten minutes to go.
Villa had looked all at sea and could have easily 4-0 down at halt time after failing to register a single shot.
The Gunners’ aggressive start set the tone for the match.
Within minutes of the start, Aubameyang had wheeled up for a spectacular bicycle kick – that he fluffed almost spectacularly. Bukayo Saka ballooned the rebound from a tight angle.
Nuno Tavares had a powerful run but skied his shot way over. The left back, in for the injured Kieran Tierney, also in the first half saw a deflected shot sail wide and struck a long ranger way over the bar.
Aubameyang had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for a foul in the build-up by Lacazette.
Although not registering a goal, Lacazette was arguably man of the match with a bustling display, chasing down lost causes while holding up and spreading the play well.
Back in the starting 11, the Arsenal number nine has staked his claim to start in a front two with Aubameyang.
Tackles were flying in on with a tasty atmosphere building on a Friday night in north London.
Partey crashed the crossbar after a goal-line scramble while Martinez saved from Saka when a second goal looked certain.
The second half played out without any real threat from Villa. But Ben White, Gabriel and Aaron Ramsdale looked confident dealing with whatever came their way – until James Ramsey hit the top corner 81 minutes.
Panic did not set in however, and the Gunners saw out the victory.
Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Partey, Gabriel, Saka, Lacazette (Odegaard 60), Rowe, Aubameyang (Martinelli 90), Tomiyasu, Tavares, Lokonga (Maitland-Niles 73).
Subs not used: Leno, Holding, Soares, Pepe, Elneny, Kolasinac.
Villa: Martinez, Cash, Targett, Konsa, Mings, Luiz, McGinn, Buendia (Ramsey 68), Watkins, Tuanzebe (Bailey 45), Ings (El Ghazi 75).
Subs not used: Steer, Sanson, Young, Nakamba, Hause, Archer.