Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta praises his team’s response to the draw at Crystal Palace four days ago, as a convincing 3-1 win over Aston Villa puts them on points with Man United.
- Arsenal defeated Aston Villa in a convincing 3-1 league win on Friday night
- The result brings the Gunners to a level with Manchester United, sixth.
- Thomas Partey broke his duck before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled
- Emile Smith Rowe then added a third for the Gunners with a deflected effort
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta praised his team’s reaction to the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Monday as they advanced to victory over Aston Villa.
The Gunners pulled off a comfortable 3-1 victory at home when Thomas Partey broke his duck before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the lead before the break and deflected Emile Smith Rowe’s third to close out Arsenal’s victory.
The victory saw Arsenal even with sixth-place Manchester United, though they played one more match, despite the north London club suffering its worst start to the league in history.
Mikel Arteta praised Arsenal’s winning reaction to their draw at Crystal Palace on Monday
The Gunners were the best team at all times and Arteta praised his team for bouncing back with a well deserved victory.
“What I liked the most is the way the team reacted on Monday night, how we finished the game and how they were in the locker room,” he said.
Accepting that it was not good enough, that we played at a really good level in some parts, but at a level that is not acceptable in others. We are the youngest team in the league, but that’s no excuse.
Arsenal were the best team when they returned to the path of victory in the Premier League
‘We can’t change age, so we can’t find these kinds of excuses. We have to find why those things happen in the game, find the correct solutions and then correct them and believe that they can play at that level, because they can. ‘
Following the result, the Gunners boss also praised Smith Rowe for changing his lifestyle and improving his game after he had a man of the match performance.
Villa saw two offers to the England Under-21 international rejected in the summer, and Arteta insisted he was never worried about Smith Rowe leaving Emirates Stadium.
Smith Rowe now has two goals and two assists this season and the coach is pleased with the development of the academy graduate.
Emile Smith Rowe impressed by scoring his fourth Premier League goal in the second half
“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,” Arteta said.
‘You have to let him know that, you can’t give away percentages that can make big differences and he has changed that.
“ Thanks to him and obviously the staff here who are all the time monitoring and building that education with him and it will only get better. ”
Smith Rowe kept up the Gunner’s momentum with a deflected effort at the near post
‘He should demand that in his game because he is capable of it. I am pleased that that is developing. It also needs to develop further in other areas.
“The other night he was not 100% fit, but he took a step forward and wanted to play with a difficult injury he had.
“There are no complaints, he’s just looking forward, he’s really determined, he’s changed the way he lives a bit and some of the habits he had and it’s been great.”
Villa boss Dean Smith, meanwhile, was unhappy with the penalty awarded to Arsenal at halftime when referee Craig Pawson consulted his field monitor before signaling the point, judging that Matt Targett had fouled. about Alexandre Lacazette.
Referee Craig Pawson (right) consulted his field monitor before marking the spot.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had his shot saved from point of view, but reacted to rebound.
Emiliano Martinez’s penalty mind games once again proved successful when he blocked Aubameyang’s penalty shot, but the Arsenal captain reacted faster to shoot on the rebound.
“I saw it in real time and my first instinct was that it looked like a penalty, I must admit,” Smith said.
When I see the same thing that he sees (on the monitor) for me it is too frivolous, we are looking very closely to see if he touches the ball first, it is what we talk about in summer, of those kinds of decisions. not go to the VAR and stay with the referee.
I understand we were leaving the court for half-time and then he takes the penalty after looking at the VAR, so I don’t think the referee even thought about that, but if it is a goal or he cuts it, he should blow during the half weather.