Mikel Arteta has challenged his young Arsenal stars – show you can play like this every week. His bubbly Gunners side dazzled their way to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in their best performance of the season to date.
Arsenal were 2-0 at halftime thanks to goals from Thomas Partey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Emile Smith Rowe scored a crucial third goal.
The smile on Arteta’s full-time face really told that story and it was one of the most impressive displays of his reign.
The Gunners lobbied fiercely from the start as Aston Villa struggled to adjust to their new 3-5-2 lineup and their heavy-handed nature was mercilessly punished by the hosts.
Now that Arteta’s players know they can play at this rate, the Arsenal boss wants to see them replicate their enthusiasm and energy level in every game.
“This is what you get [from young players]. They can get you to the level, they need consistency. It comes with experience and maturity, ”he told BBC Sport.
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However, the ball bounced straight into the path of the Arsenal captain, who made amends for his absence to bring the score to 2-0.
Arsenal were in dreamland when Emile Smith Rowe used a goal via a Tyrone Mings deflection.
Villa looked more dangerous after moving to 4-2-3-1 and fought off a late goal thanks to youngster Jacob Ramsey, who finished brilliantly.
It meant next to nothing for Villa, who has much to think about after two disappointing results after the international break.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will feel satisfied with the way they responded to Monday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
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“The team knew what to do. We had to keep fighting and keep our intensity. At the end of the day, with the quality that we have, we can get results.
“The whole team was frustrated and we wanted a win. That’s the mentality that we brought to this game today and we were able to get our result.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. I think it was the right time to have it and I am very happy.
“The team played very well. We have to do it every weekend and every game and with that we can achieve great things. They deserve it. for them and hope they enjoy it. “
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