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

Aston Villa 1 - 2 Arsenal

  • 34" Jack Wilshere
  • 35" Olivier Giroud
  • 76" Christian Benteke

Ref: Neil Swarbrick
Attendance: 36,097

Villa Park

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.

Statistics

Aston Villa

Arsenal

Possession

36%
64%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Aston Villa

  • Brad Guzan
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Nathan Baker
  • Ron Vlaar
  • Fabian Delph
  • Karim El Ahmadi
  • Matthew Lowton
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Antonio Luna
  • Christian Benteke
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor

Substitutes

  • Andreas Weimann
  • Aleksandar Tonev
  • Jed Steer
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Yacouba Sylla
  • Nicklas Helenius
  • Marc Albrighton

Arsenal

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Santiago Cazorla
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Mesut Özil
  • Serge Gnabry
  • Olivier Giroud

Substitutes

  • Lukas Podolski
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Park Chu-Young
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Carl Jenkinson

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