Premier League Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Arsenal back to winning ways, defeat Aston Villa 3-1 to enter the top half of the table: Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal is back to winning ways as the Gunners have taken down Aston Villa to enter the top half of the table. Thomas Partey opened the scoring in the 23rd minute and Aubameyang doubled the lead at the end of the 1st half. Emile Smith Rowe gave Arsenal a 3-goals cushion in the 56th minute. However, Arsenal failed to grab a clean sheet as Jacob Ramsey scored a brilliantly placed shot in the top right in the 82nd minute. It was too late to even think of a comeback.
Arsenal delivered its best performance of the season to beat Aston Villa 3-1 in the Premier League on Friday.
Arsenal was completely dominant for most of the game and built a 3-0 lead before Jacob Ramsey pulled a late goal back for Villa, which then pressured for the last 10 minutes without coming closer.
Thomas Partey opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with his first Arsenal goal before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead just before halftime, converting the rebound after seeing his penalty saved.
Premier League: Arsenal back to winning ways, defeat Aston Villa 3-1 to enter top half of the table
Midfielder Emile Smith Rowe capped an impressive display by adding the third in the 56th on a quick counterattack.
The win lifts Arsenal up to ninth place ahead of the weekend games, with 14 points.
It was a much-improved performance from Mikel Arteta’s side, which needed an injury-time equalizer from Alexandre Lacazette to salvage a draw at home against Crystal Palace on Monday.
“I’m really satisfied,” Arteta said. “The way we started the game, our tempo, our urgency, how dominant we were, the quality that we showed with the ball. The aggression that we showed without the ball. We were alive.”
Lacazette was rewarded with his first league start of the season and was part of an Arsenal team that played with an intensity that has often been missing lately.