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Happy Friday: Gunners demolish dreadful Villans

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Arsenal strolled to a 3-1 victory against Aston Villa on Friday evening thanks to goals from Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe.

The Gunners made three changes for the match as Alexandre Lacazette made his first Premier League start of the campaign.

Lacazette came off the bench to score a last-gasp equaliser against Crystal Palace on Monday night and was rewarded with a recall.

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Nuno Tavares also made his full league debut with Kieran Tierney absent with an ankle issue as Albert Sambi Lokonga replaced Nicolas Pepe.

Villa were unchanged from their loss to Wolves last weekend although Leon Bailey was back on the bench following a hamstring injury.

The Gunners started the game at a frenetic pace and duly took the lead after 23 minutes when Partey headed in his first Arsenal goal from a corner moments after he had rattled the crossbar.

Arsenal would dominate the remainder of the half, Bukayo Saka missing a fine chance to double the lead and Partey heading over just before the break.

There would be drama after referee Craig Pawson blew for half-time, a VAR check taking place for a foul on Lacazette by Matt Targett and, after visiting the pitchside monitor, a penalty was awarded.

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Aubameyang would step up and see his spot-kick saved only to turn home the rebound as Arsenal went in 2-0 ahead.

Smith Rowe, a summer target for Villa, would make it three for Arsenal, breaking in behind with ease and seeing his shot deflect off Tyrone Mings and in off the post.

Villa would hit a fine consolation as substitute Jacob Ramsey curled in an unstoppable strike from the edge of the box.

Bailey would send a late free-kick just over the top of Aaron Ramsdale’s crossbar but Arsenal were fully deserving of the 3-1 win.




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