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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Thomas Partey (23')
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (45'+6')
  • Emile Smith Rowe (56')
  • Jacob Ramsey (82')

Arsenal beat Aston Villa with Partey, Aubameyang, Smith Rowe goals

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Onuoha: Emile Smith Rowe creates a more dynamic Arsenal (1:04)

Nedum Onuoha breaks down Arsenal's 3-1 win over Aston Villa and what contributed to their success. (1:04)

Arsenal made short work of Aston Villa with a 3-1 Premier League win at the Emirates on Friday night.

Thomas Partey opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 23rd minute following a corner kick, the ball glancing off his shoulder from close range after Emile Smith Rowe's whipped in kick set him up for the goal.

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Bukayo Saka should have made it 2-0 when he was put in on goal but his first-time shot was straight at Emiliano Martinez who kept it out with his legs.

Arsenal earned a deserved second in stoppage time when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put back his own rebound after Emiliano Martinez denied an initial spot kick following a Matt Targett foul in the area.

Referee Craig Pawson gave the penalty following a VAR review in added time after Villa defender Targett went through the back of Alexandre Lacazette's legs.

Aubameyang's clever flick sprang Smith Rowe for Arsenal's third, the England international making the most of a chance on the counter-attack with his shot beating Martinez thanks in part to a deflection off the boot of Villa's Tyrone Mings.

Aston Villa pulled one back just after 80 minutes as Jacob Ramsey curled home a beauty from 18 yards out when the ball fell to him at the top of the penalty area, but a true comeback was already out of reach and Mikel Arteta's side saw out the match to earn all three points.

The result lifted Arsenal up to ninth place in the table, having secured 14 points from nine games thus far this campaign, while Villa are stuck in 13th on 10 points.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Chelsea 14 +27 33
2 Manchester City 14 +21 32
3 Liverpool 14 +31 31
4 West Ham United 14 +8 24
5 Arsenal 14 -3 23
6 Tottenham Hotspur 13 -4 22
7 Manchester United 14 0 21
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 0 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 -2 19
10 Leicester City 14 -3 19
11 Crystal Palace 14 -1 16
12 Brentford 14 -2 16
13 Aston Villa 14 -4 16
14 Everton 14 -7 15
15 Leeds United 14 -7 15
16 Southampton 14 -7 15
17 Watford 14 -7 13
18 Burnley 13 -6 10
19 Norwich City 14 -20 10
20 Newcastle United 14 -14 7