With a 3-1 triumph over Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal has moved up to sixth place in the Premier League table.
Arsenal fans were confident of the team’s performance before the season began. Since Arsenal doesn’t play in European football, the hope was that they could accomplish something this season. A return to the top 4. Having played eight games, Arsenal now has 10 points, far behind the top four. On Friday evening, they played their Premier League opener against Aston Villa at home.
MAGIC AT THE START
This team-to-team match was very exciting in the first half. Arsenal’s first goal was scored by Thomas Partey in the 23rd minute. A penalty was awarded to the Gunners just before halftime. Adding a second goal to the lead was Gabonese striker Aubameyang. Despite getting stopped by Emi Martinez on his first attempt, he managed to net the rebound. Leading 2-0 at halftime. This isn’t something they’ve been used to.
ARSENAL’S EMILE SMITH ROWE WAS THE MAN OF THE MATCH.
The Arsenal forward impressed Gareth Southgate who was watching. The three forward slots behind Harry Kane have a lot of options for England, but Smith Rowe appears to have the ability to work at a higher level.
A key characteristic of his play is his ability to direct play, to move with the ball quickly, and to play the appropriate ball and with unerring accuracy for a team-mate. The goal came after he won the ball, started the move deep in his own half, and had made a lung-bursting run that put him in position for a lucky goal.
Arsenal will need to be consistent in the League going forward
Arsenal will need to be focused in the next few weeks in order to get back to the top of the league and compete with the best teams. The team has the potential to get forward and to capitalize on opportunities, but it needs to find consistency in order for this to happen.
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