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Grealish shows what Arteta’s missing and why bold decisions are needed – Arsenal talking points vs Aston Villa

Arsenal were thumped 3-0 by Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Villa took the lead in the second half when Bukayo Saka turned Matt Targett’s cross into his own net, before Ollie Watkins netted a quickfire brace to secure a memorable win in north London for Dean Smith’s side.

Watkins, a boyhood Arsenal fan, was quoted in March as saying that it’s his ‘dream’ to play for the Gunners and eight months on he contributed to an outstanding Villa display which showcased their blistering attack.

Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins holds off a challenge from Willian

Mikel Arteta’s side won at Old Trafford for the first time in 14 years last week, but on Sunday they came up against a Villa outfit who were fluid, organised and well-balanced throughout.

football.london takes a look at a few of the talking points from Arsenal’s dismal defeat on a cold night in north London.

Grealish shows Arsenal what they’re missing

This was another outstanding performance from Villa captain Jack Grealish. He has four goals and five assists in seven Premier League appearances this season and he reminded Arsenal exactly what they lack right now.

Grealish’s acceleration and dribbling ability is unrivalled. His combination play with Ross Barkley and Ollie Watkins produced a devastating effect on the Gunners defence who couldn’t cope with the pace, technique and power of Villa’s front three.

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The England midfielder has long been linked with a move to the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, but simply put he is at the right club to continue his development as he showed by signing a new long-term contract in September.

At 25-years-old, Grealish possesses everything Arsenal don’t have right now. An ability to breach the final third, a swagger on the ball which is matched with huge passion for the team he plays for and a goalscoring ability which makes him the talisman of the team.

Arteta needs to try and replicate the…