Arsenal have been sent a warning shot by Aston Villa boss Dean Smith over Jack Grealish’s sparkling form.
The skipper has scored five goals in seven games this season and has been at the heart of everything good Villa has achieved so far.
His form has finally led to an England call up as the 25-year-old made his full debut against Wales last month but he was an unused substitute against Belgium and Denmark.
Grealish has once again been called up by Gareth Southgate for the internationals against Ireland, Belgium, and Iceland this month and the England manager has said he is getting closer to the levels of Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford.
And ahead of Arsenal’s home game against Villa on Sunday at the Emirates, Smith Smith believes Grealish can still improve, reports Four Four Two.
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He said: “Obviously we’ve come across Sterling a number of times and everyone can see what a top player he is. He is scoring 20 goals each season.
“Jack knew when I first came in he had to improve his goalscoring and his assist record. He’s doing that now, he’s playing higher up.
“Now we want him higher up the pitch in the Premier League and he’s shown what he is capable of doing.
“I didn’t hear Gareth’s interview but I can only talk about working with Jack and he’s a player who wants to keep pushing himself and getting better. It is great to have a local lad who supports the club.”
Villa beat Arsenal 1-0 in July – a result which ultimately secured survival last season – having lost 3-2 at the Emirates.
They led twice but conceded two goals in the final nine minutes to lose and Smith feels they have got the measure of Arsenal.
He said: “Yeah, you get over it. It is a game we felt we should have won but didn’t. Life goes on,” said the manager, who will be…