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Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

Olivier Giroud (centre) celebrates scoring Arsenal's opening goal
Olivier Giroud followed up his goal at Manchester City two weeks ago with Arsenal's opener against Aston Villa
  • Arsenal score five for the first time this season
  • Gunners level with Southampton on 42 points
  • Bellerin's goal is his first in professional football
  • Villa have now gone six league games without a goal

Arsenal moved above Tottenham to fifth in the Premier League courtesy of an emphatic victory over struggling Aston Villa.

The Gunners dominated and took the lead when Olivier Giroud collected Mesut Ozil's neat flick and finished well.

Santi Cazorla's shot struck the post before well-taken finishes from Ozil and Theo Walcott made it 3-0.

Giroud hit the bar with a header before Cazorla fired home a penalty and Hector Bellerin made it 5-0 from 30 yards out.

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It is the first time Arsenal have hit five goals in a match this season and completes a hat-trick of successive league victories for Arsene Wenger's side.

The Gunners have now claimed 19 points out of a possible 24, have not conceded in their last three league games and, with significant players returning from injury, are in a strong position to make a push for a 19th successive top-four finish.

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Even without injured leading scorer Alexis Sanchez, the home side had too much quality for Villa.

Ozil, starting his first league game since October following a knee injury, was lively, producing a deft flick to set up Giroud for the first goal eight minutes into the first half.

He then collected a pass from the French striker and finished low into the corner of the net in the early stages of the second half.

Villa's bogeyman
All four of the goals Mesut Ozil has been involved in this Premier League season have been against Aston Villa (two goals, two assists).

Walcott also continued his rehabilitation in impressive fashion, adding to his goal in the FA Cup win at Brighton last week with a curling finish from inside the box.

And Cazorla capped off another fine display by firing a penalty through the grasp of Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who had fouled substitute Chuba Akpom.

Bellerin has been quietly establishing himself as an effective full-back in recent weeks and his low, driven goal from more than 30 yards out in stoppage time was arguably the pick of the bunch.

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Lambert upset by Villa 'capitulation'

Villa have a decent record at the Emirates, having claimed three wins at the ground, including a 3-1 victory on the opening day of last season, but they are a team woefully short of goals and confidence.

Paul Lambert's side have now gone eight league games without a win, six top-flight matches without a goal and remain just three points above the relegation zone.

They had one superb chance with the score at 1-0, but David Ospina saved Andreas Weimann's close-range header.

And by the time Gabriel Agbonlahor and new signing Scott Sinclair were introduced from the bench midway through the second half, the game was already lost.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It was positive because we kept a clean sheet. We know we can score goals. We needed to be patient because they tried to stop us going forward. With time going on we had a chance to play through their lines and that made the difference.

"You cannot fault anyone's performance. Mesut [Ozil] did well. It takes a while to get that sharpness back.

"We had a rigorous attitude defensively. Even at 4-0, 5-0 up people were willing to work back. We want to play collectively and offensively to the end."

Arsenal v Aston Villa at the Emirates
Arsenal have only lost once, to Manchester United, in 29 home matches in the Premier League
Olivier Giroud (left) celebrates his opening goal for Arsenal
Olivier Giroud's goal is his eighth of the season for Arsenal
Mesut Ozil (right) scores for Arsenal
Mesut Ozil scored for the second-successive game, having also netted against Brighton in the FA Cup
Santi Cazorla scores from the penalty spot
Santi Cazorla now has six goals in his last 10 games for Arsenal

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 13Ospina
  • 39Bellerin
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18Monreal
  • 16RamseySubstituted forFlaminiat 77'minutes
  • 34Coquelin
  • 14WalcottSubstituted forRosickyat 70'minutes
  • 19Cazorla
  • 11Özil
  • 12GiroudSubstituted forAkpomat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Szczesny
  • 3Gibbs
  • 5Gabriel
  • 7Rosicky
  • 20Flamini
  • 21Chambers
  • 38Akpom

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 21Hutton
  • 5Okore
  • 6ClarkBooked at 57mins
  • 18Richardson
  • 8CleverleySubstituted forAgbonlahorat 66'minutes
  • 16Delph
  • 24SánchezSubstituted forWestwoodat 76'minutes
  • 25GilBooked at 68mins
  • 20Benteke
  • 10WeimannSubstituted forSinclairat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Baker
  • 7Bacuna
  • 9Sinclair
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 15Westwood
  • 23Cissokho
  • 31Given
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
59,958

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 5, Aston Villa 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 5, Aston Villa 0.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Ospina.

Attempt saved. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 5, Aston Villa 0. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

Attempt saved. Chuba Akpom (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a through ball.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jores Okore.

Attempt blocked. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Chuba Akpom (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Per Mertesacker with a cross.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Attempt missed. Carles Gil (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Carles Gil (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

Foul by Chuba Akpom (Arsenal).

Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini replaces Aaron Ramsey.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood replaces Carlos Sánchez.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 4, Aston Villa 0. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Arsenal. Chuba Akpom draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Chuba Akpom replaces Olivier Giroud.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky replaces Theo Walcott.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Carles Gil (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Carles Gil (Aston Villa).

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Sinclair replaces Andreas Weimann.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor replaces Tom Cleverley.

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 3, Aston Villa 0. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Ospina.

Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Carles Gil.

Booking

Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 2, Aston Villa 0. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a through ball.

goal

As It Stood

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2Man City23146346232348
3Man Utd23127439221743
4Southampton23133737172042
5Arsenal23126544251942
6Tottenham2312473530540
7Liverpool2311573327638
8West Ham2310673527836
9Swansea239682730-333
10Stoke239592628-232
11Newcastle238692935-630
12Everton236893134-326
13Crystal Palace2358102534-923
14Sunderland2341182133-1223
15West Brom2357112032-1222
16Aston Villa2357111130-1922
17Burnley2348112138-1720
18Hull2347122033-1319
19QPR2354142442-1819
20Leicester2345142137-1617
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