Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher praise the work rate of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette during Aston Villa win

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were impressive in the Aston Villa win (Getty)

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have praised the work rate of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette during Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa. 

Goals from Thomas Partey, Aubameyang and Emile Smith Rowe were enough to give the Gunners the win against a below-par Villa side, who scored a late consolation goal through a fine Jacob Ramsey strike. 

Both Aubameyang and Lacazette have been criticised by Carragher and Neville for not trying hard enough during games in the past.

But the two former Premier League defenders hailed their desire to work for the team during tonight’s match at the Emirates, while also explaining the role they could have on the younger players at the club.

I thought they were brilliant, I really did. I enjoyed watching them off the ball as much as on it,’ Carragher said.

‘I think even players we’ve been critical of at times last season like Aubameyang and Lacazette, is are they giving 100 percent are they working for the team? They were brilliant tonight.

‘I always thought can they play together as a two, Lacazette in the number ten position was outstanding as well.’

Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s second goal of the match (Picture: Getty)

Neville added: ‘I have to say it’s so critical to this football club at what they’ve embarked up in bringing new players in, that they do work hard.

‘The senior players are the ones that the young players look up to and it’s a real problem if they don’t work hard.’

The win lifts Arsenal into the top half of the Premier League table and level on points with Manchester United, who host Liverpool on Sunday.

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