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Barclays Premier League

Sunday, 1 February 2015,

Arsenal
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Aston Villa
  • Kickoff: 14:30 BST
  • Stadium: Emirates Stadium
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance: 59,958
  • 8' Olivier Giroud
  • 56' Mesut Özil
  • 63' Theo Walcott
  • 75' Santi Cazorla - pen
  • 91' Hector Bellerin

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    Wenger calls for committed Gunners

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his side they cannot afford to lose focus and take the threat of goal-shy Aston Villa lightly on Sunday.

    The Gunners signalled a return to form with a battling 2-0 win at Manchester City before then securing safe passage past Brighton into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

    With the likes of Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil now back in contention, each having scored in the 3-2 win over the Seagulls, the mood within the squad is very much positive as they prepare for the defining period of the campaign.

    Arsenal could climb back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League with what would be a fifth straight win in all competitions, and Wenger does not want concentration levels to drift.

    "We want complete focus and commitment to be completely concentrated on what we want to achieve," said the Arsenal boss, who could be without Chile forward Alexis Sanchez because of a hamstring problem.

    "We have to be very cautious with the mood in our job because the swings are very quick.

    "You need a good balance between an optimistic mood and urgency as well.

    "We are in a job where, of course, you want the level of concentration very high and that is what we want to achieve now.

    "We go into a period in the next four months that will decide our season, so we have to be conscious that our commitment has to be 100 per cent."

    Wenger, however, insists there can be no sense of complacency at the Emirates Stadium against a Villa side who are the lowest scorers in the Premier League with just 11 from 22 matches as Paul Lambert's men struggle to move up the table.

    "There is a distortion between the quality Villa have going forward [and their goal record]," the Gunners boss said.

    "When you look at the names they have on their team sheet, they have (Christian) Benteke, (Gabriel) Agbonlahor and (Andreas) Weimann, who can all score goals.

    "They suffered a lot from Agbonlahor's injury after Benteke was out for a long time.

    "But when everybody's there, it is a team who look quite dangerous going forward."

    Wojciech Szczesny was back in goal against Brighton for the first time since the New Year's Day defeat at Southampton, after which the Poland international was reported to have been smoking in the showers.

    Wenger feels the 24-year-old has reacted positively to seeing Colombian David Ospina given a run in the side ahead of him,

    "He is 100 per cent committed in training and works harder than ever," said Wenger.

    "For me that is the most important when a player is questioned at some stage, how he responds shows you his strength of character, and on that front Wojciech has done extremely well until now.

    "At the moment, the competition is there. I just always have to make the decision who plays the next game."

    Scott Sinclair is hungrier than ever as he aims to kickstart his career after joining Aston Villa on loan from Manchester City.

    Villa finally landed the winger until the end of the season this week with a view to signing him permanently in the summer.

    The 25-year-old has made just 12 appearances for City since joining them back in 2012, with an unsuccessful loan stint at West Brom last season adding to his frustration.

    However, Villa boss Lambert brought him in to add creativity to his misfiring squad and Sinclair insists he has the buzz back.

    "In the training sessions, I will put everything into it," he said.

    "I've kept myself fit. I feel great. It's about getting that match fitness now, playing games and I am confident that my form will come back quickly.

    "I am so hungry to be playing. I haven't played for a long period of time."

    Sinclair, who is expected to be in Lambert's squad for Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Arsenal, added: "I feel like a kid - happy and hungry to play football.

    "Everyone will see that on matchday and the lads will see my enthusiasm in training as well.

    "I'm fit and ready to play. Now it's up to me to show my best form.

    "I want to be out there playing football again. That's what drives me. It gives me a buzz.

    "I have so much enthusiasm and excitement. I am just so hungry to do well here."

    Sinclair trained with his new team-mates on Saturday before Lambert makes a final decision on his inclusion.

    Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has recovered from a hamstring injury while Joe Cole (also hamstring) is training but not yet fit. Defenders Ron Vlaar (knee) and Philippe Senderos (calf) both remain out.

    91'+3

    End Regular Time

    91'+2

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Ospina.

    91'+2

    Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 93'

    91'+2

    Attempt saved. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

    91'+1

    5 - 0

    Goal! Arsenal 5, Aston Villa 0. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

    91'+1

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 92'

    91'

    Attempt saved. Chuba Akpom (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a through ball.

    91'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 91'

    90'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 90'

    90'

    Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 90'

    90'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 90'

    88'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jores Okore.

    88'

    Attempt blocked. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

    86'

    Attempt saved. Chuba Akpom (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Per Mertesacker with a cross.

    86'

    Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 86'

    85'

    Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 85'

    85'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

    85'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Throw In at 84'

    84'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 84'

    83'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 83'

    82'

    Chuba Akpom (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 82'

    82'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 82'

    81'

    Attempt missed. Carles Gil (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

    80'

    Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

    78'

    Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 78'

    78'

    Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    78'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 78'

    77'

    Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 77'

    77'

    Substitution, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini replaces Aaron Ramsey.

    76'

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood replaces Carlos Sánchez.

    75'

    4 - 0

    Goal! Arsenal 4, Aston Villa 0. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

    74'

    Penalty conceded by Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) after a foul in the penalty area.

    73'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 73'

    72'

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

    72'

    Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 72'

    71'

    David Ospina (Arsenal) Free Kick at 71'

    70'

    Substitution, Arsenal. Chuba Akpom replaces Olivier Giroud.

    70'

    Substitution, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky replaces Theo Walcott.

    70'

    Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    69'

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a set piece situation.

    69'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 69'

    69'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 69'

    68'

    Carles Gil

    68'

    Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

    68'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 68'

    66'

    David Ospina (Arsenal) Free Kick at 66'

    66'

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Sinclair replaces Andreas Weimann.

    66'

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor replaces Tom Cleverley.

    65'

    Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    63'

    3 - 0

    Goal! Arsenal 3, Aston Villa 0. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

    63'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 63'

    63'

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Ospina.

    63'

    Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 62'

    62'

    Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Carles Gil.

    62'

    Carles Gil (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 62'

    62'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Throw In at 62'

    60'

    Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 60'

    59'

    Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 59'

    59'

    Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 59'

    59'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 59'

    58'

    Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 58'

    58'

    Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) Free Kick at 58'

    57'

    Ciaran Clark

    57'

    Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    56'

    2 - 0

    Goal! Arsenal 2, Aston Villa 0. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a through ball.

    56'

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 56'

    55'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Free Kick at 55'

    55'

    Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

    55'

    Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 55'

    54'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 54'

    54'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 54'

    53'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 53'

    53'

    Carles Gil (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 53'

    52'

    Carles Gil (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 52'

    52'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 52'

    51'

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    51'

    Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Richardson with a cross.

    51'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 51'

    49'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 49'

    49'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 49'

    48'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Throw In at 48'

    48'

    Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 48'

    46'

    Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

    46'

    Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 46'

    46'

    Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 46'

    46'

    Start 2nd Half

    46'+1

    Halftime

    46'+1

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

    46'+1

    Carles Gil (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 47'

    46'

    Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

    45'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 45'

    45'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 45'

    44'

    Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 44'

    44'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Throw In at 44'

    43'

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

    43'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 43'

    42'

    Attempt saved. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carles Gil with a cross.

    42'

    Carles Gil (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 42'

    42'

    Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 42'

    41'

    Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    41'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Free Kick at 40'

    40'

    Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).

    40'

    David Ospina (Arsenal) Free Kick at 40'

    39'

    Hand ball by Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa).

    39'

    Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 39'

    38'

    Offside, Arsenal. Francis Coquelin tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

    38'

    Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 38'

    38'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Throw In at 38'

    38'

    Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 38'

    37'

    Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 37'

    37'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Fabian Delph.

    36'

    Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Throw In at 36'

    36'

    Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

    36'

    Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 36'

    34'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 34'

    34'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Throw In at 34'

    34'

    Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

    34'

    Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 34'

    32'

    Jores Okore (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 32'

    32'

    Offside, Arsenal. Santiago Cazorla tries a through ball, but Mesut Özil is caught offside.

    31'

    Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 31'

    31'

    Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 31'

    30'

    Offside, Arsenal. Mesut Özil tries a through ball, but Santiago Cazorla is caught offside.

    30'

    Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 30'

    29'

    Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 29'

    28'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Throw In at 28'

    27'

    Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 27'

    27'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 27'

    26'

    Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

    26'

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 26'

    26'

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Aaron Ramsey.

    26'

    Carles Gil (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 26'

    24'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Throw In at 24'

    22'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 22'

    21'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 21'

    18'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

    17'

    Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 17'

    17'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 17'

    17'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

    16'

    Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) Throw In at 16'

    15'

    David Ospina (Arsenal) Free Kick at 15'

    15'

    Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    14'

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Francis Coquelin.

    14'

    Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) Corner Kick at 14'

    14'

    Attempt blocked. Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

    14'

    Carles Gil (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 14'

    13'

    Foul by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

    11'

    Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) Free Kick at 11'

    11'

    Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

    11'

    Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Blocked Pass at 11'

    9'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Throw In at 9'

    8'

    1 - 0

    Goal! Arsenal 1, Aston Villa 0. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a through ball.

    8'

    Mesut Özil (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 8'

    6'

    Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nacho Monreal.

    6'

    Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 6'

    3'

    Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Carles Gil.

    3'

    Carles Gil (Aston Villa) Assists Shot at 3'

    3'

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Throw In at 3'

    3'

    Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) Throw In at 2'

    2'

    Jores Okore (Aston Villa) Blocked Pass at 2'

    2'

    Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Corner Kick at 2'

    1'

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jores Okore.

    1'

    Attempt blocked. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey with a through ball.

    1'

    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Assists Shot at 1'

    1'

    First Half begins.

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    Possession

    48%
    52%
    • Arsenal
    • Aston Villa

    Shots

    13
    9

    Shots on target

    8
    2

    Fouls

    6
    10

    Corners

    7
    7

    Yellow Cards

    0
    2

    Red Cards

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    Head to Head

    Arsenal5 - 0Aston Villa
    Aston Villa0 - 3Arsenal
    Aston Villa1 - 2Arsenal
    Arsenal1 - 3Aston Villa
    Arsenal2 - 1Aston Villa
    Aston Villa0 - 0Arsenal

    Arsenal

    • 13David Ospina
    • 18Nacho Monreal
    • 39Hector Bellerin
    • 6Laurent Koscielny
    • 4Per Mertesacker
    • 19Santi Cazorla
    • 34Francis Coquelin
    • 16Aaron Ramsey
    • -> Mathieu Flamini
    • 11Mesut Özil
    • 14Theo Walcott
    • -> Tomas Rosicky
    • 12Olivier Giroud
    • -> Chuba Akpom
    • Subs
    • 21Calum Chambers
    • 3Kieran Gibbs
    • 1Wojciech Szczesny
    • 5Gabriel Paulista

    Aston Villa

    • 1Brad Guzan
    • 21Alan Hutton
    • 5Jores Okore
    • 18Kieran Richardson
    • 6Ciaran Clark
    • 8Tom Cleverley
    • -> Gabriel Agbonlahor
    • 24Carlos Sánchez
    • -> Ashley Westwood
    • 20Christian Benteke
    • 25Carles Gil
    • 10Andreas Weimann
    • -> Scott Sinclair
    • 16Fabian Delph
    • Subs
    • 23Aly Cissokho
    • 2Nathan Baker
    • 7Leandro Bacuna
    • 31Shay Given

    Arsenal hit five goals in rout of Aston Villa, Santi Cazorla stars

    Arsenal closed the gap on the top four of the Premier League as they romped to a 5-0 win over Aston Villa, whose goal drought continued at the Emirates Stadium.

    Olivier Giroud put the Gunners ahead on eight minutes, latching onto a brilliant flick by Mesut Ozil.

    Following an improved spell by Villa, whose last Premier League goal came against Manchester United on Dec. 20, Ozil doubled Arsenal's lead early in the second half with another well-taken breakaway finish.

    Theo Walcott scored his second in as many games to make it 3-0 on 63 minutes, with Santi Cazorla adding a fourth from the penalty spot before full-back Hector Bellerin rolled in his first senior Arsenal goal in stoppage time.

    Arsenal, who head to Tottenham next weekend, started brightly as Aaron Ramsey fired wide from the edge of the Villa penalty area.

    The visitors were cut open again on eight minutes as Arsenal took the lead. Ozil clipped an expert volleyed pass from the centre circle over the high Villa backline, which allowed Giroud to race clear.

    The France forward kept his composure, carrying the ball into the penalty area as Jores Okore tried to get back to cover, before chipping an angled, left-foot shot across Brad Guzan and into the bottom right corner.

    Arsenal remained on the offensive. Villa defender Ciaran Clark was alert to nod the ball behind after Laurent Koscielny's header flew across the six-yard box towards Per Mertesacker at the far post.

    Villa had settled into a spell of possession, without making progress in the final third, when Arsenal suddenly sprung into life again on 26 minutes.

    Cazorla weaved to the edge of the Villa penalty area and sent a low shot goalwards, which beat Guzan but cannoned off the foot of the left-hand post.

    Arsenal thought they had doubled their lead when Ozil exchanged passes with Cazorla in the right side of the penalty box before lashing the ball past Guzan. However, the assistant referee on the nearside raised his flag against the Spaniard, who looked level in the build-up.

    Guzan then beat away Ramsey's 18-yard snapshot.

    On 41 minutes, Villa were close to breaking their goal drought when a bullet header from Andreas Weimann was saved brilliantly at point-blank range by David Ospina, again preferred to Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal.

    Villa had, though, set an unwanted record of some 570 minutes without a league goal, which continued to rise as the Clock End ticked on into the second half.

    After taking time to get into a rhythm again, Arsenal doubled their lead on 56 minutes.

    Walcott broke down the right, feeding Giroud in the centre. The France forward laid the ball off to Ozil rampaging down the left.

    The German took one touch to set himself at the edge of the penalty area, before clipping a left-foot finish into the bottom right corner with a finish of the highest order.

    Arsenal were in cruise control, and went 3-0 ahead with another quality finish on 63 minutes.

    Walcott collected a throw-out from Ospina, and darted forwards.

    The England forward, who was out for the best part of a year with a knee injury, exchanged passes with Cazorla before taking the ball inside at the edge of the Villa penalty area and then dispatching it into the right corner.

    Villa, just three points above the relegation zone, made a double change as Scott Sinclair, signed on loan from Manchester City, made his debut, with Gabby Agbonlahor also coming on as Tom Cleverley and Weimann went off.

    Giroud's flicked header hit the crossbar from a free-kick by Cazorla.

    Arsenal were awarded a penalty on 75 minutes when Guzan upended substitute Chuba Akpom.

    Cazorla struck his spot-kick down the middle of the goal, and although Guzan got a hand to the ball, he could not keep it out.

    In stoppage-time, Guzan got down quickly to deny Akpom, before Bellerin stroked home a fifth from just outside the box, low into the far corner.




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