Arsenal attacking midfielder Aaron Ramsey put in a superb performance as his side followed up their European excursion with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park.
The Gunners headed into the clash coming off the back of a 3-0 win at Olympiakos, a victory which sees the club progress to the Champions League knockout stages.
Olivier Giroud proved his credentials by netting a hat-trick in Athens, and it took him less than ten minutes to find the net at Villa Park as he gave his side an early lead via the penalty spot.
The France international was again his side’s focal point up top, yet Arsenal’s real standout performer was teammate Aaron Ramsey who was selected through the middle.
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As shown by the table provided by Opta, Ramsey was in the thick of the action throughout and his endeavour in the middle caused Villa all kinds of problems.
The Wales international scored his side’s second goal, winning the ball in his own half before charging forward and getting on the end of Mesut Ozil’s unselfish pass to simply finish an excellent move.
Ramsey has often stated his desire to play in a central role, and his claim was backed up by Steven Gerrard who in midweek labelled the Arsenal man the Premier League’s best attacking midfielder.
With the Gunners’ growing current injuries, Ramsey was afforded his chance and shone as he put in a real box-to-box performance, defending superbly and attacking with real menace.
The former Cardiff City ace posted one key pass, three shots, seven defensive duels won, nine ball recoveries, an impressive 98 touches and 71 accurate passes over the 90 minutes.
Arsenal’s victory momentarily takes them to the top of the league ahead of their crunch clash with Premier League title rivals Manchester City the following Monday.