[1st-Feb-15] Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

Arsenal move level on points with Southampton as they put five past Aston Villa at home. The Gunners dominated the run of play before Mesut Ozil, playing in his first league game since returning from a knee injury, flicked a ball beautiful over the central defense for Olivier Giroud who ran in and scored the opening goal just 8 minutes into the contest. The second half saw Arsenal exert their dominance as Ozil swept home a low finish to double the lead. Theo Walcott then took a smart touch right on the edge of the box before scoring a well-placed curler to make it 3 before Cazorla slotted home a penalty to make it 4-0. New Arsenal defender Bellerin then struck a perfect shot along the pitch from distance to make it 5-0. For Aston Villa, the alarms have to be going off now. Winless in eight straight Premier League games, the last six of which they have not found the back of the net in, is abysmal and a is only matched by Hull City’s poor form. The lack of a striker has been the key issue all season, and Benteke’s form has all but left him. Two years ago he was hotly sought after having struck close to 20 goals for the West Midlands side, but two injuries in two years as all but dissipated his goal scoring ability. Villa also lack any goal scoring ability from the bench as well as Weimann’s ability not being that of a huge centre forward. That’s not to say Weimann and Agbonlahor will not score goals, but they are not, should not, and do not have the ability to be the big target men that Villa need up front. With just 11 goals in 23 games now, Villa are in need of finding the next in a few more games to ensure safety and their only saving grace at the moment is that there might be 3 worse teams in the Premier League than them: Hull, QPR, and Leicester City. Arsenal on the other hand continue to hit their stride. Ozil’s return was seamless and the Gunners are playing with the type of quality that kept them on top of the table during the first half of last season, and this is even without the services of their top scorer Alexis Sanchez, who is out due to injury for the time being. Arsenal are generally on the type of form that will secure them a Champions League spot, something they’ve been able to do under Arsene Wenger for over a decade now. Arsenal face Spurs in the North London derby next while Villa will be at home to the league leaders Chelsea on Saturday.

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