Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal: Gunners return to the top of the Premier League

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Arsenal beat Aston Villa 2-1 despite a late rally from the home side.

A quickfire first half double set Arsenal on their way to defeating Aston Villa and back to the top of the Premier League table.

After a slow opening half an hour, an impressive move started by Nacho Monreal resulted in Jack Wilshere stroking the ball home from the edge of the box broke the deadlock.

Less than 60 seconds later, Wilshere dispossesed Fabian Delph and laid on a pass for Olivier Giroud to double the lead.

Christian Benteke pulled one back from close range in the 75th minute to end his own scoring drought and give Villa hope into the final 15 minutes - which while nervy, saw them fail to fashion out a late chance.

Villa remain 11th in the table, sitting level on points with 10th placed Hull with Arsenal regaining first place, leapfrogging Chelsea and Manchester City.

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