Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa: Villans shell-shocked as rampant Gunners hit five at the Emirates

Arsenal delivered their most emphatic Premier League win of the season, to pile the misery onto strugglers Aston Villa, reports BBC Sport.

Arsenal scored their opener inside of 10 minutes through Olivier Giroud, after Mesut Ozil put the Frenchman clean through on goal with a brilliant one-touch flick. They held their slim lead up to the break, with just a close range Weimann effort being Villa’s only chance to find an equaliser.

In the second-half, Arsenal came to life after the visitors tried to impose themselves. The Londoners hit Paul Lambert’s side on the counter multiple times to great effect, and scored a second goal through the impressive Ozil. The former Real Madrid man collected a ball from the left, and hit a low strike past Villa ‘keeper Brad Guzan into the far corner.

Minutes later, it was three, with Theo Walcott curling an effort into the back of the net following a sharp first-touch from a firm pass on the edge of the box.

Santo Cazorla made it 4-0 from the spot, after Guzan was alleged to have brought down substitute Chuba Akpom in the area, and escaped punishment due to the foul not being deemed a clear goalscoring opportunity.

And Hector Bellerin wrapped up the game with a low drive from distance to bag his first at senior level. The win kept Arsenal in pursuit for a top-four spot, making two points on Southampton, while the goalless Villans were dragged closer to the drop zone.

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