Arteta says Arsenal laid down a marker with Aston Villa win

Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Arsenal has successfully climbed to the ninth position after thrashing Aston Villa at the Emirates stadium yesterday’s evening in a final score of 3:1.

Goals from Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe helped sealed the win as the club’s manager Mikel Arteta is filled with joy as he side records the win.

Before halftime, Aston Villa were not able to record a shot on target at the Arsenal’s Post, and as such, this was last recorded in May 2018 against Burnley.

The win extends Arsenal’s unbeaten run to six matches in the top flight since kicking off their campaign with three straight losses and Arteta was delighted with what he saw.

“The way we started the game and the way we continued was good,” Arteta told BBC Sport. “We attacked them really aggressively, we won every duel. We were creative, a threat. I’m proud of the team, they played really well.

“This is how we have to play. This is when we are good, when we play with real desire, real commitment and can have clear ideas of how to attack them. We are closer together as a team. Our decisions were good. We have good players.”

Speaking about the goals, he added: “That was the worry. That [Aubameyang] goal was really helpful. We deserved many more. Villa are a really good side. When they had a little bit of the ball in your half they can cause problems.

“It was really impressive what they did, especially Nuno Tavares,” he continued. “This was his first start. To play with courage, credit to the boy. We reviewed the Crystal Palace game, how we started and why we weren’t consistent in the game. We put it right today.”

Arteta also commended Emile Smith Rowe maestro performance at the midfield…”Emile was terrific,” Arteta told Sky Sports.

“He’s scoring goals, but I feel it was more about the team today. Scoring should be a habit and he should demand that in his game as he’s capable of doing it. He’s developing more in other areas.

“The other night against Crystal Palace, he wasn’t 100 per cent fit but he wanted to step forward with the injury he had. 

“He’s changing his ways in terms of the eating habits that he had and I thought he was superb. This was an example of why we wanted to keep him and we’re very happy with him.” he concluded.