Arsenal continued their revival in the Premier League with one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend. The Gunners were rock bottom of the table after losing their first three games of the season. Thomas Partey opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 23rd minute before Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang scored from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time. Emile Smith Rowe continued his superb form adding the third. Jacob Ramsey grabbed a consolation goal in the 82nd minute.
Arsenal: Ramsdale (7), Tomiyasu (7), Gabriel (6), White (7), Tavares (8), Lokonga (7), Partey (8), Saka (7), Smith Rowe (8), Aubameyang (7), Lacazette (7).
Subs: Maitland-Niles (n/a), Odegaard (6), Martinelli (n/a).
Aston Villa: Martinez (6), Tuanzebe (4), Konsa (5), Mings (5), Cash (5), Luiz (6), McGinn (5), Targett (6), Buendia (6), Ings (5), Watkins (5).
Subs: Ramsey (7), Bailey (7), El Ghazi (n/a).
Man of the match: Emile Smith Rowe.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “It was very close to it [Arsenal at their best]. What I liked the most was the way the team reacted to Monday evening. We accepted it wasn’t good enough. We’re the youngest team in the league but that’s not an excuse. We can’t change the age. We have to bring the belief they can play at this level because they can.”
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith: “It was a very poor first half. Not recognizable as a Villa team we have come to know. They deserved what they got. We got dominated physically. If we had got through the half at 1-0 I would have fancied us, but 2-0 was hard to get.”
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