Requests for one of those arriving at Arsenal during the summer to have a more regular chance to impress have spiked on Friday night, in the wake of the club’s impressive takedown of Aston Villa.
Auba between goals
Mikel Arteta took her side to action a short time ago.
After requiring a last-gasp draw to snatch a point at home from Crystal Palace earlier this week, the Gunners welcomed Aston Villa in north London, seeking both a better performance and a result.
And, when all was said and done in the Emirates, to say that both would finally arrive would be an understatement.
A display of action, during which visiting Villa was restricted to just over half chances, saw Arsenal finally emerge on the right side from a 3-1 scoreline.
Thomas Partey opened the game scoring midway through the first half, looking home for his first goal for the Gunners from a corner by Emile Smith Rowe:
Party time at Emirates Stadium 🥳
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 22, 2021
And it was two at the edge of the interval, when fit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on the rebound, after seeing his initial shooting effort from the spot stopped by Emi Martinez.
Then, ten minutes into the second half, the hosts wiped out any remaining hope of a Villa comeback.
A brilliant getaway saw Aubameyang this time become a supplier, sending the impressive Smith Rowe for a deflected shot from inside the near post:
Game over? Arsenal leads 3-0 🎯
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 22, 2021
Aston Villa managed to remove one at the end of the proceedings, but, when the final whistle sounded in the capital, it was little more than a consolation.
Praise of Tavares
In turn, after the action came to a close at the Emirates, it was no surprise to see a host of Arsenal stars singled out for praise.
Outside of the night’s scorers, players like Ben White, Sambi Lokonga and Alexandre Lacazette impressed, amid a full performance from the team.
However, it is the name of a member of Mikel Arteta’s team, who has really taken center stage online.
The player in question? Nuno Tavares.
Brilliant performance by Tavares 👏 pic.twitter.com/F80nBbuaMg
– Off (@aviv_lavi) October 22, 2021
Left-back Tavares had his first Premier League start against Villa, due to an injury suffered by Kieran Tierney this week.
And to say that the arrival of summer in North London happened to take advantage of the opportunity that was offered to him would be to sell the Portuguese short.
Tavares flashed along Arsenal’s left flank throughout, joining Emile Smith Rowe to devastating effect and looking for an attacking threat throughout.
In turn, with the aforementioned Tierney having endured a less-than-impressive start to the season, Gunners faithful took to social media Friday night to ask boss Arteta to give Tavares a more regular starting spot at the future:
Tavares deserves a race on the team after tonight. If there’s anyone who will react well to having a bit of competition / a fire lit under their butt, then it’s KT.
– FPL_David (@david_fpl) October 22, 2021
Tavares should start Tierney again next week. Got that nuclear athletics
– Dimitri Tsafendas FC (@ShnepelleShow) October 22, 2021
Tavares is really making a good case to start over.
– Chris (@Chris_AFCFan) October 22, 2021
Tavares has been huge on the left wing. Running up and down, it has been a constant threat. Even if Tierney was fit, he wanted Tavares to start over with him.
– Goku💫 (@H__xxiv) October 22, 2021
I really love Tavares. I hope we see it more.
– Alcázar ⚔️ (@AFC_Konrad) October 22, 2021
Nuno Tavares deserves to play more. #ARSAVL
– Joe (@Joe_MD_) October 22, 2021
Nuno Tavares has been really impressive on that left side. Tierney’s absence was not felt at all.
– Tweezy (@ItsOluwaTweezy) October 22, 2021
I like Havey but I think Tavares deserves to start the next game #ARSAVL
– Deji (@Intotoontop) October 22, 2021
Nuno Tavares deserves a career in the team after that first-half performance. Although Tierney is much better on the ball, Tavares is much more powerful and aggressive going forward.
– LT9 (@ eladnyt9) October 22, 2021
I don’t know about you, but I think Tavares was great for us today. Well defended, very brave and fast. He completed Tierney’s absence perfectly. I need to give him more games.
– Abubakar Hussein (@awesomehabibi) October 22, 2021
Even if Tierney is fully fit, Tavares deserves to start the next game.
– Serbian gooner 🦖 🇷🇸 (@gooner_serbian) October 22, 2021
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