In pictures: Arsenal v Aston Villa
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Arsenal legend Ian Wright wants the Gunners midfield to provide more goals to take the pressure off captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsenal beat Aston Villa 3-1 at the Emirates on Friday to make it six Premier League games unbeaten for Mikel Arteta’s side. Aubameyang scored his fourth league goal of the campaign after initially seeing his penalty saved by former team-mate Emiliano Martinez.
Thomas Partey had earlier opened the scoring, heading home an Emile Smith Rowe corner.
It was Partey’s first goal for Arsenal since his £45million arrival last year.
Emile Smith Rowe all but sealed the victory in the second half, with his effort deflecting off Tyrone Mings and wrong-footing Martinez.
Wright was delighted that Partey finally got off the mark in Arsenal colours.
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But he wants the Ghanaian, as well as Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, to add more goals to their game.
“You could see how disappointed [the fans were] when he hit the post just a couple of minutes earlier,” Wright told Premier League Productions.
“He’s somebody that he’s been shooting from some crazy places, so he was desperate to get his goal. I’m quite pleased that he finally got it.
“I would like to see him getting more goals because Arsenal are going to need more goals from the midfield.
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“We’re seeing with Emile Smith Rowe, we’re seeing with Saka, there is going to need to be more goals than just the dependency on Aubameyang.”
Arsenal fan and former Tottenham striker Darren Bent agrees Partey should be scoring more.
Bent said: “We’ve seen him try to shoot from 35 yards and it just goes nowhere near the goal.
“I think someone of his stature and someone of his physique, he could be getting more goals.
“Certainly from set pieces because he is a threat.”
Arsenal boss Arteta was pleased Partey was able to net in front of his home crowd.
“He’s been chasing it for a long time, and he could have scored another two to be fair,” Arteta added.
“I’m very happy for him, I think he enjoyed that moment in front of our supporters and I’m happy for him.”
The victory meant Arsenal moved up to ninth in the table for the time being.
They face Leeds in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday before a trip to Leicester in league action next Saturday.
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