Arsenal 5 - 0 Aston Villa
Following a good away win at Brighton, Arsenal welcomed an unstable Aston Villa to the Emirates. Nothing less than three points was needed.
Thankfully, Arsenal started brilliantly.
Ozil, Cazorla and Giroud were all looking sharp, while Coquelin was continuing to impress in the middle of the park, repelling Villa’s attacks.
As a result, it only took eight minutes for Giroud to break the deadlock. Mesut Ozil flicked the ball beautifully into his path, and the Frenchman ran through on goal, chipping the ball over Guzan. It was a great goal.
“Olivier Giroud was the provider this time, with Ozil placing a shot brilliantly into the far bottom corner from just inside the box.”
Arsenal continued to dominate the game, but the next goal had to wait until the fifty-sixth minute. Olivier Giroud was the provider this time, with Ozil placing a shot brilliantly into the far bottom corner from just inside the box.
Less than ten minutes later, Theo Walcott got in on the action, touching a Cazorla pass inside and slotting the ball past a helpless Guzan. Arsenal were in cruise control by now.
Next up, it was Cazorla. Subsitute Akpom won a penalty with a good turn of pace, allowing Cazorla to benefit via a penalty. It was a poor effort - right down the middle - but Guzan couldn’t keep it out anyway.
” [Bellerin] stroked the ball off the post-and-in with the inside of his foot like an in-form striker. Easy.”
By the time the fifth goal came along, Villa were looking exhausted.
This allowed Cazorla to roll the ball into the path of Bellerin outside the area. the little Spaniard didn’t hesitate though. He stroked the ball off the post-and-in with the inside of his foot like an in-form striker. Easy.
The final whistle blew soon after, and Arsenal had all three points in the bag. One of the best performances of the season, for sure.
Arsenal Player Ratings
Two excellent saved, one in each half. Good distribution, and a clean sheet.
Worked hard and did well going forward. Had his hands full with Gil, but I thought he did okay. Keeping Gibbs out at the moment.
Put in some tough tackles, and did well going forward too. His goal was superb.
The kid is on fire. Tackle after tackle, interception after interception. Made a couple of fouls, but nothing too serious. Long may it continue.
Ozil: [8.5/10] - MOTM
Looked silky smooth all game. His touch for Giroud’s goal was awesome, and his finish was perhaps even better. Nearly always makes the right decision.
Had a slow first half but grew into the game. Grabbed two assists for Walcott and Bellerin, and stuck his (admittedly poor) penalty away too.
Did more of the dirty work today, and that’s okay. Worked hard, harassed and kept thing moving well.
Looked a little slow to react to things in the first half, but he came alive for his goal, which he finished brilliantly. Made some positive runs, too. Great to see him back.
Stayed calm for his goal, showed great touches throughout and grabbed an assist for Ozil too.
I wasn’t expecting us to trounce Villa, but we did.
I also didn’t expect Cazorla and Ozil to play well together, but they did.
Ozil, Cazorla and Giroud in particular were the three dangermen. Walcott was hot and cold, but for somebody who missed a year of Football, he’s right on track. All the goals were well worked today, even Akpom’s penalty incident.
I’m not fan of Ozil on the wings, but he showed his class today. Perhaps he was given more freedom to roam, with Coquelin doing a solid job at the back. Whatever it was, it worked.
Next up, the scum. We’re ready.