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Arsenal player ratings as Mikel Arteta’s men destroy Aston Villa
Arsenal put in a superb performance to smash Aston Villa on Friday night in a game that delivered the opposite of what we all expected.
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrate after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
After Arsenal’s dismal showing on Monday night, they pulled themselves together and, somehow, Mikel Arteta got them to take the first half against Spurs and turn it in to a full 90-minute performance against Aston Villa.
Well, almost. There was a customary wobble, but it was relatively insignificant in the end.
Arsenal were electric and put in the sort of performance that makes fans not overly care about the result.
That this win also took Arsenal into the top half of the table, and level with Manchester United (who play Liverpool on Sunday) is hilarious.
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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal
celebrates scoring the third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Man of the match – Emile Smith Rowe
- Aaron Ramsdale 6.5
- Nuno Tavares 7.0
- Gabriel 7.3
- Benjamin White 7.1
- Takehiro Tomiyasu 7.5
- Emile Smith Rowe 9
- Albert Sambi Lkonga 7.2
- Thomas Partey 8.5
- Bukayo Saka 7.4
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 8.1
- Alexandre Lacazette 7.3
- Martin Odegaard 6.3
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles 6.2
- Gabriel Martinelli n/a
Mikel Arteta post-match press conference
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal celebrates at the end of the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
on if the first 45 minutes are a blueprint of how he wants his team to play… Yes, very close to it. What I liked the most was the way the team reacted from Monday evening – how we finished the game and how they were in the dressing room, accepting that it wasn’t good enough, that we played to a really good level in some parts but at a level that was not acceptable in others. We are the youngest team in the league, but that’s not an excuse. We cannot change the age. We cannot find excuses – we have to find out why those things happen in the game, find the right solutions and then put them right and believe that they can play at that level, because they can.
on his view of our penalty… VAR didn’t give us anything against Palace. I think it’s a penalty. The timing: you can discuss whether or not the time was right. But if you ask me to have a judgment on the action, for me, it’s a penalty.
on being back in the top half of the table… Yes, it is nice. We had a tough start and we’ve been more consistent with results. With performances, there are things that we must do better. But today I’m very satisfied with the performance and the result.
on Lacazette’s performance… I think the [man of the match] could have been anybody. I think individually, they were all terrific. If you ask me about Thomas, about Sambi, about Nuno as well, the two central defenders, anybody. I think the way they played was at a high, high level. Emile was terrific. He’s scoring goals, which we’re demanding him to do, because he’s capable of doing it. I think it’s more about the team today.
on Smith Rowe starting to add end product… That should be a habit and he should demand that in his game, because he’s capable of doing it. I’m pleased he’s developing that. He still needs to develop more in other areas. The other night he wasn’t 100 per cent fit but he made a step forward and wanted to play with a difficult injury that he had. He wasn’t complaining, he was just looking forward. He’s changed the way he’s living a little bit as well, and some habits that he had. He’s been superb.
on if tonight is an indicator of why bids were never going to be accepted for Smith Rowe… It’s a perfect example of why we want to keep him, why we are giving him the opportunity to do what he can do for our club and that we are happy with him.
on Aubameyang and Lacazette limping off… Laca was fatigue. He hasn’t played that many minutes. He worked so hard and at some stage he just said ‘I’ve had enough’ and he was cramping.
on whether the fans helped the performance tonight… Absolutely, I think the chemistry is there. I think the connection is getting stronger and stronger, and I think they are [all] enjoying what they have to do. They are a part of our team, a big part of our team. When there are moments where our stadium lifts, our level lifts. Our energy lifts, our belief, our confidence. I think they were terrific again tonight.
on why today we were able to keep up the level of performance throughout the match today… Because we analysed it, because we discussed it, because we found the right reasons why it’s happening. We don’t think it’s a coincidence or we just want to rely on some immaturity – it’s not good enough. Whatever we have to do, we have to do it now. Football is now, not in six months, not in three years – and we cannot waste opportunity because we can do it.
on Auba and whether he had an injury at full time… No, no he was just cramping.
on whether Mikel has found his perfect formation with a 4-4-2 tonight… We were trying a formation against what we thought they were going to do – what we believed could work. Then it’s down to the players to execute it, and they did really well.
on limiting Villa to no shots in the first half and how pleased he must be by the performance… It is really pleasing because that meant we were able to control the game the way we wanted, and take it where we wanted. But they are a top side. I was really impressed when I was analysing them again – they are a really difficult side to play against.
on how Emile Smith Rowe has had to adapt… Well when you want to take the game to the next level, when you become a really important player in such a big club, that should be the only priority, and every detail is important and relevant. You have to make them aware of that – you cannot give percentages away that can make big differences. He’s changed that, and credit to him and the staff here that are monitoring and trying to build that education with him, and it will get only better.
on Partey’s goal… Yes because he’s be chasing it for a long time, and he could have scored another two to be fair. I’m very happy for him, I think he enjoyed that moment in front of our supporters and I’m happy for him.
on Tierney’s injury and how long he’ll be out… We don’t know how long he’s going to be out, he could not carrying on the other day and he wasn’t available to play.