Arsenal have defeated Aston Villa (3-1) in one of their most convincing performances of the season. Goals from Thomas Partey (23 ‘), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (45 + 6’) and Smith-Rowe (56 ‘) brought the remarkable Gunner superiority to the scoreboard. Descont Jacob Ramsey at 82 ‘.
Mikel Arteta rewarded Lacazette for his goal ‘in extremis’ to Crystal Palace (2-2) and sat Odegaard. He was also surprising, giving his first Premier League title to Nuno Tavares. The plan went to perfection: he drowned Villa with the forward pressure and ‘disarmed’ him playing 1-2 touches.
Aubameyang wasted the first chance to score at 4 ‘after a pass from Saka. The first serious warning, however, was given by Thomas Partey. The ghans sent a side free kick from Saka to the crossbar at 20 ‘.
It was the prelude to what was to come on 23 ‘. The ubiquitous Tavares forced a corner kick which he executed with teacher Smith-Rowe and Thomas sent the ball into the net … with his shoulder! The former Atlético, after 40 games, scored his first goal with Arsenal. His improvement in the last matches is more than evident.
The ‘gunners’ forgave 2-0 at 31′. Nuno Tavares served the ‘pass of death’ for Saka … but the youth squad, with everything in his favor, ran into Emiliano Martnez.
Arsenal and Villa were heading to the locker room when the VAR caught Craig Pawson’s attention for a Targett takedown of Lacazette. Maximum penalty. It was thrown by Aubameyang in the 51st minute of the first half! and Emiliano Martnez stopped him to increase his reputation as a ‘parapenaltis’. However, the former St.-Tienne and Borussia Dortmund caught the rejection to score at will.
Mikel Arteta’s pupils came out more relaxed after the break, but still widened the gap on the scoreboard in the 56th minute. Nuno Tavares launched the counter, Aubameyang left Smith-Rowe hand in hand with a brilliant maneuver and Arsenal’s new ’10’ scored with some fortune. His shot knocked on Mings before hitting the stick and going inside.
With 3-0 came the worst news of the night in ‘Arsenal key’. Lacazette, with some annoyances, asked for the change and left his place to the ex-Madridista Odegaard. It didn’t seem serious … Aubameyang, at the discount, also hobbled away. We will see.
The result was not in jeopardy … but Villa added emotion to the game with Ramsey’s great goal in the 82nd minute. The young squad player (20 years old) the ‘clav’ in the squad. Impossible for Ramsdale. A minute later Watkins had it … but he went out. Ramsey also touched the goal in the 90th minute and shot wide, as did Bailey, from a free kick, in the 95th minute. Breathe Arsenal, which is placed ninth with 14 points. Aston Villa is 13, with 10.
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