Arsenal moved into the top half of the Premier League with a comprehensive 3-1 home win over Aston Villa.

Goals from Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe put Arsenal 3-0 up, before Jacob Ramsey pulled a goal back for the visitors, who were rotten in the first half.

Mikel Arteta’s side were looking for a win in their second home match in five days after their below-par display against Crystal Palace on Monday, and came flying out of the traps.

Aubameyang had a goal disallowed for a foul before Partey hit the post — but it didn’t take long for the Ghanaian to find the net for the club for the first time, as he headed in from Smith Rowe’s corner despite a touch from former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Saka then should have made it 2-0 when he sidefooted straight at Martinez, and the home side did go two up when referee Craig Pawson consulted the pitch-side monitor on the stroke of half-time for a foul on Lacazette in the box by Matt Targett.

The penalty was awarded and Aubameyang converted the rebound after Martinez kept up his fearsome spot-kick reputation with another save.
Villa started the second half well and Ollie Watkins forced Aaron Ramsdale into a near-post save, but the excellent Smith Rowe — in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate — delivered another blow to Dean Smith’s side when Tyrone Mings deflected in his sidefooter to make it 3-0.

Ramsdale stopped from Buendia and substitute Leon Bailey before substitute Ramsey set up a less-than-ideal finish for Arsenal when he curled beautifully into the top corner to reduce the deficit.

Mings, Ramsey and Bailey went close to grabbing a second and setting up a grandstand finish, but Villa fell to a deserved defeat — their third league loss in a row, while Arsenal are now unbeaten in six Premier League games.

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October 22, 2021 at 5:28 PM EDT
That will be all from us this evening.

Arsenal's home form will be key to them getting back into Europe, and they're certainly making a go of it at the Emirates.

Villa, meanwhile, will go back to the drawing board after another loss — perhaps a return to four at the back?

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5 – Arsenal have won five of their last seven home league games (D1 L1), as many victories as they enjoyed at the Emirates in the 16 on home soil before that (D4 L7). Upwards. #ARSAVL
October 22, 2021 at 5:23 PM EDT
A peach of a finish from the young man…
1 – Jacob Ramsey has scored his first goal in 30 @premierleague appearances, in doing so becoming Aston Villa's youngest scorer in the competition (20y 147d) since Jack Grealish netted his first top-flight goal in September 2015 (20y 3d). Lifeline. #ARSAVL
October 22, 2021 at 5:22 PM EDT
He's certainly making a case…
Boyhood Arsenal fan. Hale End graduate. Wearing the No 10 shirt. Scoring in front of his people.

THIS is what it means ❤️

October 22, 2021 at 5:21 PM EDT
An impressive start to the season for the Arsenal skipper…
7 – Only Mo Salah (12) has scored more goals in all competitions for Premier League clubs this season than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (7). Rebound. #ARSAVL
October 22, 2021 at 5:19 PM EDT
Partey finally got his first Arsenal goal…
1 – Thomas Partey has scored his first goal for Arsenal in his 40th appearance in all competitions, and from his 49th attempted shot for the Gunners. Account. #ARSAVL
October 22, 2021 at 4:59 PM EDT
And that was the last action!

Arsenal return to winning ways with a comprehensive win over Villa, who were dreadful in the first-half.

Dean Smith's side improved in the second but the damage was already done, and they lose for the third successive game.
October 22, 2021 at 4:58 PM EDT
90+3 mins – Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa: Almost last chance saloon for Villa to grab a second, and they nearly do!

Bailey whistles a free-kick just over the bar!
October 22, 2021 at 4:54 PM EDT
90+1 mins – Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa: Could have been another for him!

Targett trickles one towards Ramsey and Partey slips. but Ramsey snatches at it and can only drag it wide of the post!

Martinelli then replaces Aubameyang, who limps off.
October 22, 2021 at 4:52 PM EDT
87 mins – Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa: He has been rampant down the left tonight, and Mings has to clear as Tavares whips in another low fizzer.

Mikel Arteta is animated on the touchline with Maitland-Niles as his side look to close it out.
October 22, 2021 at 4:48 PM EDT
83 mins – Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa: Mings gets a boot to a corner but not enough and it bounces just past the post!

Douglas Luiz is then booked for picking the ball up and bouncing it aggressively right in front of the referee after a free-kick is given against him.

This is not done yet!
October 22, 2021 at 4:46 PM EDT
81 mins – Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa: Now then!

The away side have a goal back! Leon Bailey picks up the ball on the edge of the box and just keeps going across the 18-yard line towards the middle and Jacob Ramsey just whips the loose ball into the top corner!

Ramsdale is furious!

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October 22, 2021 at 4:43 PM EDT
79 mins – Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa: Odegaard pings a free-kick towards goal and it's on target, but Martinez can catch.
October 22, 2021 at 4:41 PM EDT
77 mins – Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa: El-Ghazi comes on for Ings.

It has not been his night at all.
October 22, 2021 at 4:37 PM EDT
74 mins – Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa: Maitland-Niles replaces Lokonga, who has been busy.

Odegaard then tries to pick out Aubameyang, but there's too much pace on the pass through and the striker can't control.

October 22, 2021 at 4:35 PM EDT
71 mins – Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa: Bailey controls one on his chest and cuts inside, but can only shoot low and straight at Ramsdale.

Down the other end, Aubameyang's curler is saved by Martinez before Tavares's cross is knocked back in and cleared.
October 22, 2021 at 4:31 PM EDT
66 mins – Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa: Lacazette exchanges passes with Aubameyang and tries to pull the trigger, but feels something as he looks to hit it. He immediately makes a substitution motion with his hands.

Aubameyang is then booked.

Odegaard comes on for Lacazette and Jacob Ramsey replaces Buendia.
October 22, 2021 at 4:27 PM EDT
62 mins – Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa: Another good stop!

Targett finds Buendia with a great pick out, and he turns and fires towards goal.

A combination of Gabriel and Ramsdale get the job done!

What could one Villa goal do for them — and for Arsenal?
October 22, 2021 at 4:24 PM EDT
59 mins – Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa: White gets in the way of another shot as Villa look to salvage something here.

Targett is then given the fifth yellow of the night for a hack on Saka.
October 22, 2021 at 4:20 PM EDT
55 mins – Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa: Just as Villa looked like they were getting back into it, it's three!

Villa give the ball away in the Arsenal half, and Tavares pings one into Aubameyang, who flicks it beautifully into Smith Rowe's pass.

The Arsenal number 10 drives and his sidefooted shot takes a big deflection off Mings, hits the post and goes in!
October 22, 2021 at 4:18 PM EDT
53 mins – Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa: He's getting closer.

First Targett cuts out a cross as Saka breaks into the box, and Lokonga picks it up on the edge.

Off balance, he slides a shot towards the corner but it's easy for Martinez who falls on it.

At least it was on target!


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