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Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal: Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey fire Gunners to Premier League summit

Sunday 13th December , 2015 6:55 pm
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Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League thanks to a comfortable victory over Aston Villa at Villa park.

Olivier Giroud carried on where he left off from after his heroics against Olympiakos in the Champions League with an early penalty.

Arsene Wenger’s men made the game theirs before half time with a well worked team goal finished by Aaron Ramsey.

The defeat leaves Villa with only six points after 16 games and six adrift of Sunderland in 19th.

Villa began the game with a large bit of early possession but failed to keep it whenever they got near the Arsenal box in a scrappy start to the game.

Seven minutes in and Arsenal were in front when Alan Hutton pulled down Theo Walcott after the Englishman raced past him and, after a long delay, the referee pointed to the penalty spot after his assistant flagged.

Giroud stepped up confidently after his midweek hat-trick to stroke the ball passed Brad Guzan.

The goal did nothing to raise the quality of the game as it continued to be very stop-start with neither team able to fashion a chance of any real meaning.

However, after 37 minutes the was finally a bit of quality as Ramsey started and finished a beautifully worked breakaway goal to double the Gunners’ lead.

The Welshman made a vital tackle on the edge of his own box, before the ball eventually reached Mesut Ozil who confirmed his status as the ‘Assist-King’ by squaring to Ramsey to stroke home for his second goal in two games.

Villa had a chance to snatch a goal back ten minutes into the second half when top scorer Scott Sinclair found himself unmarked just outside the six yard box, but looped his header harmlessly over the bar.

Leandro Bacuna then went close as he cut in from the left and sent a curling shot towards Petr Cech’s goal, but it landed on the roof of the net.

Carles Gil went close with an ambitious long-ranger for the hosts but it was another defeat for Villa and Remi Garde as relegation looks like an inevitability.

 

 

Source: BBC

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