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Gunners Go Top

Arsenal stormed back to the top of the Premier League after they beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park on Monday.

The Gunners started off the game strongly and showed that they intended to claim their top spot back with a win at Villa Park.

The first chance fell to French striker Olivier Giroud who dragged his shot wide of the target after being played in by full-back Bacary Sagna in the fifth minute of the game.

Fabian Delph then had Aston Villa’s first chance of the game when he shot wide from outside the box in the 13th minute after Belgium striker Christian Benteke did well to lay the ball off.

Eighteen-year-old Serge Gnabry then saw his effort blocked on the quarter-hour mark by Nathan Baker who was injured in the process and had to be stretchered off the field of play.

Arsene Wenger’s men then struck twice in the space of a minute to grab the advantage at Villa Park.

England international Jack Wilshere opened the scoring in the 34th minute of play when Sagna found space on the left before squaring the ball for the Gunner’s midfielder to stroke into the corner with his left foot.

The London side were not even done celebrating when Giroud made it 2-0 after doing well to control a cross in the box before firing past Brad Guzman in the Villa goal just 59 seconds later.

Paul Lambert’s men did improve after the half-time break and looked to reduce the deficit as they gained more possession as the game went on.

Leandro Bacuna forced a save out of Arsenal goalkeeper Szczęsny in the 49th minute as they piled the pressure on the visitors.

Out of sorts striker Benteke then did pull one back for the Villains in the 76th minute of the game when he got on the end of a cross from Matthew Lowton at the back post to set up a tense final 15 minutes of play.

The home side though could not find an equaliser leaving the Gunners to reclaim their spot at the top of the table.

 

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