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Calls mount for Arsenal summer arrival to be handed consistent playing time after Aston Villa win

Calls mount for Arsenal summer arrival to be handed consistent playing time after Aston Villa win


Calls for one of the summer batch of arrivals at Arsenal to be afforded a more regular chance to impress have mounted on Friday night, on the back of the club’s impressive downing of Aston Villa.

Auba amongst the goals

Mikel Arteta led his side back into action a short time ago.

After requiring a last-gasp equaliser to snatch a point at home to Crystal Palace earlier this week, the Gunners welcomed Aston Villa to north London, eyeing both an improved performance, and result.

And, when all was said and done at the Emirates, to say that both were ultimately forthcoming would be something of an understatement.

An all-action display, during which visitors Villa were restricted to little more than half chances, saw Arsenal eventually emerge on the right side of a 3-1 scoreline.

Thomas Partey opened the game’s scoring midway through the first-half, glancing home his first-ever goal for the club from an Emile Smith Rowe corner:

And it was two on the stroke of the interval, as the in-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slotted home on the rebound, after seeing his initial spot-kick effort kept out by Emi Martinez.

Then, ten minutes into the 2nd-half, the hosts killed off any remaining hope of a Villa comeback.

A scintillating breakaway saw Aubameyang this time turn provider, to send the impressive Smith Rowe through for a deflected finish off the inside of the near post:

Aston Villa did manage to pull one back late in proceedings, but, upon the final whistle sounding in the capital, it proved little more than a consolation.

Tavares praise

In turn, on the back of the action coming to a close at the Emirates, it has come as little surprise to see a whole host of Arsenal stars singled out for praise.

Outside of the goalscorers on the night, the likes of Ben White, Sambi Lokonga and Alexandre Lacazette all impressed, amid a complete team performance.

It is the name of one member of Mikel Arteta’s squad, however, which has truly taken centre stage online.

The player in question? Nuno Tavares.

Left-back Tavares was handed a first Premier League start versus Villa, owing to an injury picked up by Kieran Tierney this week.

And to say that the summer arrival in north London went on to take advantage of the opportunity afforded to him would be selling the Portuguese short.

Tavares shone along Arsenal’s left flank throughout, linking up with Emile Smith Rowe to devastating effect, and looking an attacking threat throughout.

In turn, with the aforementioned Tierney having endured a less than impressive start to the season of his own, the Gunners faithful have flooded to social media on Friday night, to call for boss Arteta to hand Tavares a more regular starting berth moving forward:

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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