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Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

By Phil DawkesBBC Sport
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.

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



Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

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


  • 2Baker
  • 7Bacuna
  • 9Sinclair
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 15Westwood
  • 23Cissokho
  • 31Given
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Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamAston Villa
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal 5, Aston Villa 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 5, Aston Villa 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Ospina.

  4. Post update

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

  5. 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.

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jores Okore.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Chuba Akpom (Arsenal).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini replaces Aaron Ramsey.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood replaces Carlos Sánchez.

  18. Goal!

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

2Man City23146346232348
3Man Utd23127439221743
8West Ham2310673527836
13Crystal Palace2358102534-923
15West Brom2357112032-1222
16Aston Villa2357111130-1922
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