The handbrake comes off Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s side finally thrill against Aston Villa

Arsenal came flying out the blocks from minute one and they didn’t drop their tempo for the whole match.

It was night and day compared to Monday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace and Arsenal were worthy winners against Aston Villa. In truth it could, and probably should, have been more than 3-1.

As poor as Aston Villa were, Arsenal were excellent and this was a reminder of how dangerous they can be under Arteta when things click. It is why games like Monday’s draw with Crystal Palace are so frustrating, because supporters know what this team can do on their day.

This was certainly Arsenal’s day and the way they started signalled their intent for the whole game. They were sharp, quick and incisive with their passing, bypassing Villa’s midfield with ease.

Albert Sambi Lokonga and Thomas Partey had been at fault for both goals against Palace, but here against Villa they ran the midfield. Partey fittingly opened the scoring after 23 minutes and from there Arsenal never looked back.

It was 2-0 before half-time, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring the rebound from his penalty after Alexandre Lacazette had been brought down. It was no more than the Gunners deserved and the only question was, could they keep it going?

They did a good job of it, making it 3-0 just 11 minutes into the second half as Emile Smith Rowe finished off a slick counter with a deflected effort.

Unsurprisingly the relentless pace did drop a bit after that, partly because the excellent Lacazette and Lokonga went off with around 20 minutes to go, but by then the win was secure.

Now Arteta will want this to be the standard going forward. The handbrake shouldn’t be going back on.

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