Aston Villa 1 Arsenal 2 – Gunners top of the league after quick fire double
Arsenal leapfrogged Chelsea and Manchester City on Monday night, although the Gunners made life difficult for themselves at Villa Park where they held a commanding lead before Christian Benteke’s late goal set up a nervy last ten minutes.
January 13th, 2014
Arsene Wenger’s team were in cruise control before the Belgian struck late in the game, with the visitors dominating possession throughout the encounter and it was Jack Wilshere who had a hand in both Arsenal goals.
Nacho Monreal pelted down the left flank before finding Wilshere on the edge of the area and the England midfielder was able to slot the ball past Brad Guzan, while Arsenal’s lead was doubled moments later.
With Villa reeling from conceding a goal, Wilshere then dispossessed Fabian Delph straight from the kick-off, with the former chipping the ball to Olivier Giroud was able to make space and power a shot into the bottom corner of the net.
There seemed no way back for the home side who barely created a chance of note in the first-half, although Arsenal took their foot off the gas in the second half and Benteke ended his goal drought when powering home a header at the far post.
Villa continue to huff and puff, with their restructured 4-4-2 formation nearly paying dividends and landing a point, although Arsenal kept their noses in front and hold a one-point advantage over City while they are two points better off than Chelsea after 21 matches played.
The Gunners will look to cement top spot at home to Fulham this weekend, while Villa face a tough trip to Anfield where they will have a tough job containing Luis Suarez.