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Four things Mikel Arteta got right in Arsenal’s 3-0 revenge win over Brentford

Arsenal avenged their gruelling defeat at Brentford last season with a 3-0 victory on Sunday.

There was a nervousness among the away fans prior to kick-off, but Mikel Arteta's side delivered once more to win their sixth game in the Premier League this season and ascend to the top of the table once more.

Headers from William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus before half-time gave the Gunners a comfortable lead. And after a stunning Fabio Vieira third clinched three points, Daily Star Sport takes a look at the things Arteta got right as his team bounced back from defeat at Manchester United.

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Partey time

Mikel Arteta was forced to make a decision on whether to start central-midfield star Thomas Partey at Brentford after the Ghanaian missed the previous four league fixtures due to a thigh injury.

But the Spaniard's decision to throw the former Atletico Madrid man into the deep end after one week of training paid dividends. Partey brought a sense of calm and assuredness alongside midfield partner Granit Xhaka as Arsenal dominated play.

Aerial proficiency

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Arsenal are no longer seen as a diminutive team to be bullied by opposition players. The Gunners registered their fifth set-piece goal of the season already with Saliba's towering first-half header, which needed the help of goal-line technology to be confirmed.

Jesus also demonstrated what a threat the north Londoners have become in the air for the second as he headed in a lofted Xhaka pass. Whatever the Arsenal coaches are drilling into the players in training appears to be working…

Suffocating Brentford

One of the key difference makers for Arsenal was the intensity in pressing and counter-pressing. Brentford repeatedly failed to break out of their own half due to their opponents' energy when closing down.

The Gunners picked off the Bees time and again, especially doing so just after losing possession. Arteta's now-famous 'passion, determination and desire' rants appear to have done quite the job.

Vieira woah-oh

New £34million signing Vieira made his first Premier League start, having previously come on in the defeat to Manchester United. Bar a crunching challenge from Ben Mee, he fitted in seamlessly as if he had made 50 appearances for Arteta already.

And he only grew in confidence as the game went on. The Portugal international's brightest moment came in the 49th minute when he rifled the ball in off the post to cement the win.

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