Game #5641

2021-22

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Premier League

Arsenal

Emirates Stadium

Attendance: 59,496

Friday, 22 October 2021

Villa suffer a third successive defeat as Dean Smith's experiment with five at the back continues to produce negative results, meanwhile relationships on and off the pitch are becoming strained with finger pointing and water bottle kicking aplenty. Only Smith has the answer, will he heed it?

Arsenal

3-1

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Jacob Ramsey | 82' |

Assist(s) | Leon Bailey | 82' |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5641

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #11 |
League Match | #9 |
Manager Game | #136 |
Friday, 22 October 2021
Attendance | 59,496 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Dean Smith |
Kick off | 8.00pm |
Referee | Craig Pawson |
Half Time Score | 0-2 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 1-3 |
Last 5 Games | DWLLL |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £185.38m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 26.11 |

Oldest Player:
F Danny Ings | 29.63 |

Youngest Player:
M Douglas Luiz | 23.47 |

TEAM NEWS

Dean Smith names an unchanged line up.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
W Trézéguet |
Ligament, 10 Apr - Unknown |
CF Keinan Davis |
Unknown, 14 Aug - Unknown |
W Bertrand Traoré |
Thigh, 16 Oct -Unknown |

On Loan | 3 |
CF Wesley |
Club Brugge KV, 26 Aug - 31 May 22 |
M Conor Hourihane |
Sheffield United, 30 Aug to 31 May 22 |
RB Frédéric Guilbert |
RC Strasbourg Alsace, 31 Aug - 30 Jun 22 |

Not Selected | 7 |
GK Viljami Sinisalo
CB Sil Swinkels
M Aaron Ramsey
M Hayden Lindley
M Carney Chukwuemeka
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace
CF Caleb Chukwuemeka

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 46%
Possession A | 54%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 22
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 9
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 17

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez
LB Matt Targett
CB Axel Tuanzebe
CB Tyrone Mings
CB Ezri Konsa
RB Matty Cash
M Douglas Luiz
M John McGinn
W Emiliano Buendía
F Danny Ings
CF Ollie Watkins

SUBSTITUTES

W Leon Bailey for CB Axel Tuanzebe | 46’ |
M Jacob Ramsey for W Emiliano Buendía | 68’ |
W Anwar El Ghazi for CF Danny Ings | 77’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
M Morgan Sanson
W Ashley Young
M Marvelous Nakamba
CB Kortney Hause
CF Cameron Archer

THE OPPOSITION

GK Aaron Ramsdale, CB Ben White, CB Gabriel, RB Takehiro Tomiyasu, LB Nuno Tavares, M Thomas Partey (g), W Bukayo Saka, M Emile Smith Rowe (g), M Albert Sambi Lokonga (M Ainsley Maitland-Niles), CF Alexandre Lacazette (M Martin Ødegaard), CF Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (g) (Gabriel Martinelli).

Manager: Mikel Arteta.
Team Cost: £328.55m
18 Man-squad Cost: £437m
Homegrown players: 2

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Jacob Ramsey celebrates his first goal for Villa in an otherwise terribly disappointing performance from Dean Smith's Villa, Friday, 22 October 2021.

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MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Booking, Ollie Watkins, Bad Foul
23’ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal), Thomas Partey
27’ Booking, Tyrone Mings, Bad Foul
32’ Booking, John McGinn, Bad Foul
45’+6 Missed Penalty (Arsenal)
45’+6 Goal, 0-2, (Arsenal), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
HT Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa
46’ Sub off, Axel Tuanzebe, Sub on, Leon Bailey
56’ Goal, 0-3, (Arsenal), Emile Smith Rowe
61’ Booking, Matt Targett, Bad Foul
68’ Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Jacob Ramsey
77’ Sub off, Danny Ings, Sub on, Anwar El Ghazi
82’ Goal, 1-3, Jacob Ramsey, Assist by Leon Bailey
84’ Booking, Douglas Luiz
FT Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Dean Smith's Villa lose a third successive game and the alarm bells ring louder than at any point in Smith's reign as his tactics are directly responsible for surrendering nine points against beatable opposition whilst the frustration on and off the pitch amongst the players is clear for all to see. Only two conclusions are possible, the manager reverts to playing to the strengths of the team he built or the manager leaves. Dean Smith has the choice.

QUOTES

“First half we got dominated physically. I can take the second half. I don’t expect us to get dominated physically though. You can’t give teams in the Premier League a head start.

“We knew Arsenal would start quickly but we allowed them to control the first half.

“I am confused about the penalty. We spoke at length [before the season] about the lower-contact frivolous penalties.

“I have seen it once and can’t work out if he touches ball first or man. If we are looking at a penalty that long maybe they aren’t given.”

Dean Smith.

“For God’s sake stop playing five at the back and focus on the strengths of the best squad Villa have had in decades.”

Just about every Villa fan.

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*The Guardian*
Friday, 22 October 2021

"While Smith Rowe rose high above his opponents, he was not alone. Arsenal were superior in every conceivable area: quicker, stronger, hungrier, brighter, more creative, better structured and, to make sure that all counted for something, more clinical."

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*Emile Smith Rowe excels as Arsenal sweep aside uninspired Aston Villa*

Take a look at what you could have won. During the summer Aston Villa felt sure enough of their station to make two bids for Emile Smith Rowe and, although they were rejected out of hand, it might have spoken volumes that a rival outside Europe’s elite fancied they could lure one of Arsenal’s star turns.

After facing him here, it is unlikely they would embarrass themselves with another go. Smith Rowe was physically and technically on another level to anything Dean Smith’s players could offer, scoring his team’s third goal after a lung-busting show of initiative and leading the way in their best all-round performance of the season.

While Smith Rowe rose high above his opponents, he was not alone. Arsenal were superior in every conceivable area: quicker, stronger, hungrier, brighter, more creative, better structured and, to make sure that all counted for something, more clinical. Jacob Ramsey’s late strike for Villa happened to be the best finish of the match but risked creating the false impression that, at one stage, this may have been a contest. It never was.

Where Arsenal laboured against Palace on Monday, this time they luxuriated and rarely risked relinquishing control.

Villa had shown fleeting signs that, having gone in at half-time fortunate to be two down, they might claw their way into proceedings when Smith Rowe rendered the final 34 minutes virtually academic. It was a move that encapsulated the game, beginning when Smith Rowe intercepted a sloppy pass from John McGinn two thirds of the way inside his own half. He set off up the inside left channel while his teammates set to work, Sambi Lokonga quickly finding Nuno Tavares, who fizzed a ball towards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on halfway.

With a deft first-time flick, Aubameyang sent Smith Rowe through. By the time he faced Emiliano Martínez he had covered around 80 yards and earned the stroke of luck when Tyrone Mings, running back to cover, deflected his shot onto the post and in. Twelve seconds had passed since he halted Villa’s attack. It resembled another devastating run that brought Smith Rowe a goal for England under-21s in Andorra last week: this time Gareth Southgate was in the stand and, when industry is paired with end product like this, a senior call-up seems inevitable.

“That’s what he’s capable of and that’s what we have to demand,” Mikel Arteta said of his schemer’s display. “[Goalscoring] should be a habit and he should demand that in his game because he’s capable of doing it. I’m happy he’s developing; he still needs to develop more.”

It was the kind of qualified praise that is offered to young players routinely. But the satisfaction in Arteta’s smile at full-time was inescapable because he knew this, rather than the sluggish offering that had scraped a point four nights previously, was the standard that will ignite his reign if reached consistently. “Yeah, very close to it,” he admitted when asked whether Arsenal had served up a complete display. “We have to believe we can play at that level.”
His team swarmed over Villa from the beginning. The storm was comparable to the one that toppled Tottenham last last month and, when the emotion of a derby is discounted, arguably more exhilarating. Alexandre Lacazette’s return to the starting lineup meant Aubameyang was rarely isolated; Tavares’ inclusion to replace the injured Kieran Tierney had seemed a red flag at the outset but the 21-year-old’s ambition shone throughout.

Their opener, in the 23rd minute, came when Thomas Partey met Smith Rowe’s corner and squeezed the ball across Martínez with a smudgy contact off his shoulder. Moments previously he had hit the post from another set piece, with Villa constantly at sixes and sevens. The goal was his first for Arsenal; Partey has a reputation for wild shooting from range but here he showed a poacher’s qualities. “He’s been chasing it for a long time,” Arteta said. “He could have scored another two to be fair, and I’m happy for him.”

The second arrived just as Villa seemed to have escaped further damage before the interval. Craig Pawson seemed poised to blow the whistle after the ball went dead, but VAR had been studying a challenge by Matt Targett on Lacazette from the previous passage of play. Upon review at his touchline monitor, Pawson ruled Targett had gone through his opponent to take the ball. The half had life in it yet: while Martínez parried Aubameyang’s spot kick, he was helpless in the face of an emphatically converted rebound.

“I’m confused about the penalty,” said Smith, who wondered whether play should at least have stopped after Martínez’s save.

“If we don’t go to VAR, are we walking off the pitch for half-time?”

But he had no complaints over the outcome and expressed distaste that Villa, 3-0 winners here last season, had been “dominated physically”. They improved upon Leon Bailey’s arrival, sporadically working Aaron Ramsdale, but Arsenal were working on a different plane.

Villa have lost three in a row but Arteta could savour a haul of 14 points from six games. “This is how we have to play,” he said. Smith Rowe had pointed the way.

*Emile Smith Rowe excels as Arsenal sweep aside uninspired Aston Villa*

Take a look at what you could have won. During the summer Aston Villa felt sure enough of their station to make two bids for Emile Smith Rowe and, although they were rejected out of hand, it might have spoken volumes that a rival outside Europe’s elite fancied they could lure one of Arsenal’s star turns.

After facing him here, it is unlikely they would embarrass themselves with another go. Smith Rowe was physically and technically on another level to anything Dean Smith’s players could offer, scoring his team’s third goal after a lung-busting show of initiative and leading the way in their best all-round performance of the season.

While Smith Rowe rose high above his opponents, he was not alone. Arsenal were superior in every conceivable area: quicker, stronger, hungrier, brighter, more creative, better structured and, to make sure that all counted for something, more clinical. Jacob Ramsey’s late strike for Villa happened to be the best finish of the match but risked creating the false impression that, at one stage, this may have been a contest. It never was.

Where Arsenal laboured against Palace on Monday, this time they luxuriated and rarely risked relinquishing control.

Villa had shown fleeting signs that, having gone in at half-time fortunate to be two down, they might claw their way into proceedings when Smith Rowe rendered the final 34 minutes virtually academic. It was a move that encapsulated the game, beginning when Smith Rowe intercepted a sloppy pass from John McGinn two thirds of the way inside his own half. He set off up the inside left channel while his teammates set to work, Sambi Lokonga quickly finding Nuno Tavares, who fizzed a ball towards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on halfway.

With a deft first-time flick, Aubameyang sent Smith Rowe through. By the time he faced Emiliano Martínez he had covered around 80 yards and earned the stroke of luck when Tyrone Mings, running back to cover, deflected his shot onto the post and in. Twelve seconds had passed since he halted Villa’s attack. It resembled another devastating run that brought Smith Rowe a goal for England under-21s in Andorra last week: this time Gareth Southgate was in the stand and, when industry is paired with end product like this, a senior call-up seems inevitable.

“That’s what he’s capable of and that’s what we have to demand,” Mikel Arteta said of his schemer’s display. “[Goalscoring] should be a habit and he should demand that in his game because he’s capable of doing it. I’m happy he’s developing; he still needs to develop more.”

It was the kind of qualified praise that is offered to young players routinely. But the satisfaction in Arteta’s smile at full-time was inescapable because he knew this, rather than the sluggish offering that had scraped a point four nights previously, was the standard that will ignite his reign if reached consistently. “Yeah, very close to it,” he admitted when asked whether Arsenal had served up a complete display. “We have to believe we can play at that level.”
His team swarmed over Villa from the beginning. The storm was comparable to the one that toppled Tottenham last last month and, when the emotion of a derby is discounted, arguably more exhilarating. Alexandre Lacazette’s return to the starting lineup meant Aubameyang was rarely isolated; Tavares’ inclusion to replace the injured Kieran Tierney had seemed a red flag at the outset but the 21-year-old’s ambition shone throughout.

Their opener, in the 23rd minute, came when Thomas Partey met Smith Rowe’s corner and squeezed the ball across Martínez with a smudgy contact off his shoulder. Moments previously he had hit the post from another set piece, with Villa constantly at sixes and sevens. The goal was his first for Arsenal; Partey has a reputation for wild shooting from range but here he showed a poacher’s qualities. “He’s been chasing it for a long time,” Arteta said. “He could have scored another two to be fair, and I’m happy for him.”

The second arrived just as Villa seemed to have escaped further damage before the interval. Craig Pawson seemed poised to blow the whistle after the ball went dead, but VAR had been studying a challenge by Matt Targett on Lacazette from the previous passage of play. Upon review at his touchline monitor, Pawson ruled Targett had gone through his opponent to take the ball. The half had life in it yet: while Martínez parried Aubameyang’s spot kick, he was helpless in the face of an emphatically converted rebound.

“I’m confused about the penalty,” said Smith, who wondered whether play should at least have stopped after Martínez’s save.

“If we don’t go to VAR, are we walking off the pitch for half-time?”

But he had no complaints over the outcome and expressed distaste that Villa, 3-0 winners here last season, had been “dominated physically”. They improved upon Leon Bailey’s arrival, sporadically working Aaron Ramsdale, but Arsenal were working on a different plane.

Villa have lost three in a row but Arteta could savour a haul of 14 points from six games. “This is how we have to play,” he said. Smith Rowe had pointed the way.