Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa: Gunners hit three past woeful Villa

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Arsenal gained a thoroughly deserved victory over Aston Villa to move into the top half of the Premier League table.

Thomas Partey headed in Emile Smith Rowe's corner for his first goal for the Gunners - having earlier hit the crossbar.

Right at the end of the first half, Arsenal were given a penalty after a long video assistant referee review for a Matt Targett foul on Alexandre Lacazette.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty was saved excellently by former Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez, but the Gabon striker put home the rebound from close range.

Villa improved on a thoroughly wretched first half, but Smith Rowe scored Arsenal's third 11 minutes into the second half.

He won the ball in his own half and then finished the move via a deflection and the post.

The visitors got a consolation when Jacob Ramsey curled his first Villa goal into the top corner from 20 yards. They put on good pressure and created a few chances in the closing stages but it was too little, too late.

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This did not look like a game between two teams sitting next to each other in the table - but Arsenal were 12th and Villa 13th before kick-off.

Arsenal are capable of good spells - like at the start of Monday's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace - and good games - like the 3-1 win over Tottenham.

This was one of the good games, well for 80 minutes.

Aston Villa were the opposite of their 3-2 defeat by Wolves. They collapsed there in the final 10 minutes - but this time that was when they they had most of their chances.

They did not manage a shot in the first half, the first time since May 2018 that has happened to a team playing against Arsenal in the league.

The Gunners should have been out of sight - Partey had hit the woodwork from close range before headed them into the lead.

Aubameyang had a goal disallowed for a debatable Lacazette foul and Martinez made several smart saves.

But Arsenal got the second they deserved in first-half injury time. The crowd thought Craig Pawson was whistling for half-time but he was actually stopping play for a VAR consultation.

Targett was about to clear the ball when Lacazette stepped across him and drew a foul instead. The penalty was given and Aubameyang scored at the second attempt.

Villa had more threat when they brought on winger Leon Bailey for defender Axel Tuanzebe at half-time, but after their first couple of chances, Smith Rowe wrapped it up.

Or so it looked until Ramsey scored the best goal of the game. Ollie Watkins, Ramsey and Bailey all had chances to for Villa but could not set up a tense finale.

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Arsenal

  1. Squad number32Player nameRamsdale

  2. Squad number18Player nameTomiyasu

  3. Squad number4Player nameWhite

  4. Squad number6Player nameGabriel Magalhães

  5. Squad number20Player nameNuno Tavares

  6. Squad number7Player nameSaka

  7. Squad number23Player nameSambi Lokonga

  8. Squad number5Player namePartey

  9. Squad number10Player nameSmith Rowe

  10. Squad number9Player nameLacazette

  11. Squad number14Player nameAubameyang

  1. Squad number8Player nameØdegaard

  2. Squad number15Player nameMaitland-Niles

  3. Squad number35Player nameGabriel Martinelli

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number1Player nameMartínez

  2. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  3. Squad number16Player nameTuanzebe

  4. Squad number5Player nameMings

  5. Squad number2Player nameCash

  6. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  7. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  8. Squad number3Player nameTargett

  9. Squad number10Player nameBuendía

  10. Squad number20Player nameIngs

  11. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  1. Squad number21Player nameEl Ghazi

  2. Squad number31Player nameBailey

  3. Squad number41Player nameRamsey

Line-ups

Arsenal

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

Substitutes

  • 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
  • 2Cash
  • 7McGinnBooked at 32mins
  • 6Douglas LuizBooked at 84mins
  • 3TargettBooked at 60mins
  • 10BuendíaSubstituted forRamseyat 68'minutes
  • 20IngsSubstituted forEl Ghaziat 77'minutes
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 2mins

Substitutes

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

Referee:Craig Pawson

Attendance:59,496

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Arsenal 3, Aston Villa 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Aston Villa 1.

  3. Attempt missed. Leon Bailey (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  4. Foul by Nuno Tavares (Arsenal).

  5. Leon Bailey (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Foul by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal).

  7. John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Substitution, Arsenal. Gabriel Martinelli replaces Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang because of an injury.

  9. Attempt missed. Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Targett.

  10. Foul by Nuno Tavares (Arsenal).

  11. Matthew Cash (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Foul by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal).

  14. Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Cash.

  16. Goal! Arsenal 3, Aston Villa 1. Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Leon Bailey.

  17. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Foul by Matt Targett (Aston Villa).

  19. Attempt saved. Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  20. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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