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  1. Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Wilshere, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud
  2. Aston Villa XI: Bunn, Lyden, Lescott, Toner, Cissokho, Sanchez, Westwood, Gana, Bacuna, Ayew, Sinclair

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By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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    Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    Game over. Mikel Arteta is crying, inconsolable. And it's over and out from Aston Villa. Thanks for joining us. The match report will be published shortly. 

  2. GOAL Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

    Bunn own goal

    What a way to end your Arsenal career. An own goal? We'll have to wait and see. Mikel Arteta's shot ricochets off the crossbar and over the line via the diving Mark Bunn. A fine way for Arteta to end his time at Arsenal. Tears from the Spaniard. 


    Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

    A standing ovation for Mikel Arteta as he enters the pitch for what will be his final game for the Gunners. 

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    Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

    Someone is on the pitch, which delays play slightly as the stewards grapple him to the ground. The home fans care little about that, however, because Newcastle are leading Tottenham 5-1 and the Gunners fans are cock-a-hoop. 

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    Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

    Alexis Sanchez nearly makes it four - but Mark Bunn's firm hand denies the Chilean. 

  6. GOAL Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

    Olivier Giroud

    A hat-trick! Hector Bellerín with a defence-splitting pass and Olivier Giroud runs through and calmly finishes off for his third of the day. Aston Villa down and out. 

    Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick for Arsenal
  7. GOAL - Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa

    Olivier Giroud

    And that is it. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez combine on the left and it's the German who picks out Olivier Giroud who sweeps home from six yards. 

    Olivier Giroud scores Arsenal's second goal
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    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Arsenal surging forward, but the final ball has lacked quality on too many occasions. Under 15 minutes and there's still just the one goal in it. 

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    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Although, not so nervy anymore as 10-man Newcastle have scored from the spot and are 3-1 up against Tottenham which means an Arsenal win will guarantee second spot. That has given Arsenal fans something to cheer at least. 

    Arsenal fans
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    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Oof! Mohamed Elneny, leaning back, fires high from 12 yards. A cute one-two between Alexi Sanchez and Olivier Giroud setting up the chance for the substitute. A nervy ending. 

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    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Alexis Sanchez wastes an opportunity to test Mark Bunn, directing a free-kick high into the crowd and the forward shakes his head, as he should. 

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    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Arsene Wenger bellowing orders from the sidelines. The Frenchman doesn't seem to be the only one exasperated by his team's performance. 


    Jack Wilshere's day is done and he is replaced by Mohamed Elneny. 

    Jack Wilshere is subbed for Arsenal
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    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Alexi Sanches and Micah Richards collide and the Aston Villa defender is on the floor, receiving treatment. 

    At St James' Park, Tottenham -  2-1 down - are now playing against 10 men. An interesting finale. 

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    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Jordan Ayew with another positive sprint into the box, getting the better of Hector Bellerín and forcing a save from Petr Cech at the near post. It would have taken something special to beat the Czech from there. 


    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    An enforced substitution for Aston Villa. Captain Joleon Lescott hobbles off and is replaced by Micah Richards and Villa's fans aren't too despondent. 

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    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Mesut Ozil with a corner, but Laurent Koscielny cannot make contact and a chance is missed. 

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    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Arsene Wenger gesticulating from his seat. His anxiety a reflection of his fans' as we reach the hour mark. Tottenham have just scored against Newcastle to reduce the arrears to 2-1 but, as it stands, the Gunners remain second. 

    Arsene Wenger is unhappy with his side
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    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Can Villa spring a surprise? Jordan Ayew again with a positive dash towards the Arsenal box. Arsenal's defence holds firm, but it ends up as an Aston Villa corner. 

    Joleon Lescott comes up, but Arsenal again clear the danger. Momentum building for the visitors. Worrying times for Arsenal. 

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    Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa

    Villa fans doing the conga in the away section, finding joy is the small things now that their team has been relegated.