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Arteta got his tactics spot on against Villa
Arteta got his tactics spot on against Villa (Picture: Getty Images)

Ian Wright says Mikel Arteta will need to alter his tactics when Arsenal play the top sides, despite their emphatic 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on Friday night.

The Gunners came out of the blocks flying at the Emirates Stadium as they pressed their opponents high and flew into tackles to constantly recover the ball as quickly as possible.

Arteta’s side took a deserved lead after 23 minutes when Thomas Partey bundled in Emile Smith Rowe’s delivery with his shoulder – marking the Ghana international’s first goal for the north London club.

Lacazette was key, despite not scoring
Alexandre Lacazette was key in the No.10 position, despite not scoring (Picture: Getty Images)

On the stroke of half-time, the Gunners earned a penalty for a challenge from Matt Targett on Alexandre Lacazette which was given after a VAR review.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw his initial spot-kick saved by former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, but buried the rebound to make it 2-0.

The home side went 3-0 up through Emile Smith Rowe early in the second half, and despite a Jacob Ramsey goal for Villa to peg one back, Arteta’s side held on for all three points.

The win has moved the north Londoners up to ninth in the table, but tougher tests are on the horizon, with clashes against Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester United to come in their next five league games.

Arsenal lost their opening three matches of the season, with two of those defeats a 2-0 loss at home to Chelsea and 5-0 mauling away at Manchester City.

When they have to face the top teams again in the near future, Gunners legend Wright thinks his former side have to sit deep and adopt a counter-attacking approach, rather than attempt to press high and outplay their opponents like they did against Villa.

‘That is the consistency and the kind of tempo that Arsenal need to have in all games,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.

‘They’re going to come up against teams who are going to cause them problems, but this kind of energy will cause teams a lot of problems.

‘The thing that they’re going to need to do against the better teams is play a counter-attacking game.

‘They’ve got to try and let them come on, see if you can pinch the ball off of those teams and let that team know we’re going to counter-attack you and be clinical doing it.

‘I hope [they’ve got the bravery to do it] because that’s the only way they’re going to beat those top teams because they’re not going to outplay them.

‘Those teams will outplay Arsenal, it’s going to have be from a counter-attacking perspective.’

MORE : Jamie Carragher admits fears for Mikel Arteta during his assessment of Arsenal boss

MORE : Arsenal explain Kieran Tierney’s absence from squad to face Aston Villa as Alexandre Lacazette starts

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