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Four Arsenal stars who proved a point to Mikel Arteta during Aston Villa triumph

After a dazzling trio shone in a 3-1 victory against Aston Villa, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta now has three fresh difference-makers to depend on.

Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Emile Smit-Rowe scored the goals that sealed the victory for the Emirates, but there were three players in particular that delighted the Emirates fans:

Alexandre Lacazette

When he came off the bench against Crystal Palace last time out, the Frenchman was on fire, earning him a start this time around.

He came on behind Aubameyang, and his trademark link-up with his long-time strike partner kept Villa guessing all night.

Due to Arteta's current situation at the club, Lacazette's outstanding performance earned him two points. To begin with, he deserves to start every week, and the Spaniard and transfer chief Edu should make a much better push to sign him to a new deal.


Nuno Tavares

Kieran Tierney's shoes will be difficult to fill, as the Scottish speedster has swiftly become a fan favorite in north London.

However, the 21-year-old Tavares filled in brilliantly, displaying a similar degree of attacking drive with a dash of Portuguese flare. So far this season, the lad has struggled to get opportunities, but he has shown that Arteta does not have to think twice about throwing him into the action if Tierney is not fully fit.

Partey, Thomas

After missing the first few games due to injury, the Ghanaian has stamped his authority on Arsenal's midfield this season.

He possesses the physicality to be a problem in the middle of the field, but he also possesses great technical skills and a natural sense to look for a forward pass.

That mix of qualities makes him extremely difficult to deal with, as he proved against Villa, not to mention his game-opening headed goal.

An lengthy run in the side over an injury-free season might allow the Ghanaian Midfielder to show why the Gunners paid £45 million to sign him from Atletico Madrid on a permanent basis.

Rowe, Emile Smith

A night's work with one goal and one assist is hardly a bad one. His whipped corner was brilliantly placed on Partey's head, and he ran boldly through the Villa backline to score Arsenal's third goal of the night.

The 21-year-old, called 'the Croydon De Bruyne' by Arsenal supporters, has had a breakout season so far. With the understanding that he is becoming increasingly vital to Arteta's plans, the Spaniard will undoubtedly keep him as close to the action as possible.

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Alexandre Lacazette Emile Smit-Rowe Mikel Arteta Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Thomas Partey

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