Premier League

  • O. Giroud 8’
  • M. Özil 56’
  • T. Walcott 63’
  • Bellerín 90’
1 Half Time 0
Premier League
Emirates Stadium
Attendance 59,958


    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      Westwood unleashes a rocket of a shot from 25 yards out that forces Ospina into making his first real save of the game, and it brings an end to a day to forget for Villa, who struggled from start to finish.
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      G Bellerín Assist M. Özil
    • 90'
      What a chance for Akpom! Cazorla threads a beautiful pass into the path of the youngster, who tries to place the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net from close range but ends up cushioning it into the outstretched hands of Guzan.
    • 90'
      GOAL! Bellerin has made it 5-0! Cazorla cuts the ball back to the young right-back, who side-foots a fantastic shot from 25 yards out that ricochets off the far post before burying itself into the back of the net.
    • 90'
      The assist came from Cazorla.
    • 45'
      Coquelin flies into Gil and brings the Spaniard crashing to the ground, resulting in a free kick for Villa 30 yards out. It's curled towards Benteke, who then sees his headed effort deflected out of play for a corner, which Arsenal deal with well.
    • 90'
      Akpom beats Okore with ease before chipping a deep cross towards Ozil, but it's slightly overhit and can only find Richardson on the right hand side of the penalty area.
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      My name is Ben Cullimore and it's been an absolute pleasure describing all of the action to you today. Until next time, goodbye!
    • 0'
      The victory moves Arsenal above North London rivals Tottenham and into fifth place, equal on points with Southampton, who are in action against Swansea City in half-an-hour's time. As for Villa, they remain in deep trouble on the edge of the relegation zone and have now failed to score in six consec
    • 0'
      An absolute rout is the only way to describe that game. Despite only being 1-0 up at half-time, Arsenal never looked in any danger of leaving with anything less than three points, and, thanks to a spectacular second period in which Villa completely crumbled, they have managed to do just that, and in
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    • 0'
      The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
    • 0'
      Arsenal head into the half-time break with a well-deserved 1-0 lead, but one that arguably should be greater. Poor defensive positioning from the visitors has gifted the Gunners with a plethora of great opportunities to further their advantage, but indecision in the final third of the pitch, coupled
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    • 0'
      The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
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      As for Villa, boss Paul Lambert has decided to make four alterations to the side that lost against Liverpool in their last Premier League outing, with Nathan Baker, Aly Cissokho, Ashley Westwood and Gabby Agbonlahor all dropping out to be replaced by Ciaran Clark, Kieran Richardson, Carles Gil and A
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      Arsene Wenger has made just two changes to the Arsenal side that started against Manchester City two weeks ago, with Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil coming into the squad to take the place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez. There is also a spot on the substitutes' bench for new signing Gabri
    • 0'
      Aston Villa substitutes: Given, Baker, Cissokho, Westwood, Sinclair, Bacuna, Agbonlahor.
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      Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Guzan; Hutton, Okore, Clark, Richardson; Delph, Gil, Sanchez; Cleverley, Benteke, Weimann.
    • 0'
      Arsenal substitutes: Szszesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Chambers, Flamini, Rosicky, Akpom.
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      Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey; Walcott, Cazorla, Ozil; Giroud.
    • 0'
      There's just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let's have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon...
    • 0'
      In stark contrast, Villa are struggling near the foot of the table, and a poor run in which they have failed to win any of their last seven league games means that they now sit just three points clear of the relegation zone in 16th place. But it's not just victories that they are finding hard to com
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      It's been a positive few weeks for Arsenal, who head into today's game with two impressive victories under their belts, the latter of which was their first away to Manchester City since October 2010. In fact, it's been a rather good month and a half for the Gunners, who have only lost once in their
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      Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today's Premier League clash between Arsenal and Aston Villa. My name is Ben Cullimore and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from the Emirates Stadium.
    • 1'
      And we're off! Arsenal get us underway, attacking from left to right.
    • 3'
      Great early chance for Arsenal! Walcott breaks through the middle of the Villa defence before going to unleash a shot from the edge of the penalty area, but Okore is just about able to get a foot in to deflect the strike out for a corner, which the visitors then deal with well.
    • 4'
      Delph twists and turns in the centre of the pitch before firing a low shot from 25 yards out, but it ends up trundling well wide of the far post.
    • 6'
      Fantastic shot by Ramsey! Villa back off, allowing Arsenal to patiently work their way forward before the Welshman unleashes a great strike from the edge of the penalty area that beats Guzan but ends up clearing the left post by a few agonising inches.
    • 8'
      G O. Giroud Assist M. Özil
    • 8'
      GOAL! Arsenal have taken an early lead! A lofted pass forward from Mertesacker is beautifully flicked into the path of Giroud by Ozil, and the Frenchman then darts forward before chipping the ball over Guzan and into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the hosts.
    • 8'
      M. Özil gave the assist.
    • 10'
      Okore is caught in possession midway inside the Villa half of the pitch, allowing Arsenal to push forward quickly, but they take too long on the ball and an attempted one-two between Ramsey and Giroud ends up rolling harmlessly out of play for a goal kick.
    • 12'
      And now Richardson loses possession cheaply, and, again, Arsenal break away on a quick counter attack. After good play by Bellerin, Ozil looks to set up Cazorla in the middle of the penalty area, but his pass is poor and Sanchez is just about able to cut out the danger at the vital moment.
    • 14'
      Coquelin brings down Gil with a clumsy challenge, resulting in a free kick for Villa in a dangerous position 25 yards out. The Spaniard curls the resulting set-piece towards the penalty spot but it's only able to find Ramsey, who is easily able to head the ball away.
    • 16'
      Gil embarks on a great run through the centre of the Arsenal midfield before teeing up Hutton on the right flank, but the defender's attempted low cross is poor and fails to find its way past Coquelin.
    • 17'
      Monreal does well to push forward down the left wing before earning his side a corner, which is fired into the penalty area by Cazorla. It can only find Clark, however, and he heads the ball back out of play for another Arsenal corner.
    • 18'
      Great defending by Clark! This time, Arsenal take the resulting corner short before a deep cross is lifted towards the back post. It finds Giroud, who then heads the ball over Guzan and towards the left hand corner of the goal, but, once again, the Irish centre-back is there to clear the danger with
    • 20'
      Ramsey cuts inside from the left wing before sprinting forward and chipping a lovely ball into the path of Walcott, but Clark is just about able to get a head on it before it's able to find the Arsenal winger.
    • 22'
      Villa patiently work their way forward down the right flank through Hutton, who then tries to curl a deep cross towards the back post. It's poorly hit, however, and is only able to find the hands of Ospina.
    • 24'
      Monreal darts down the left wing before nutmegging Hutton with an attempted pass towards Ozil, but Sanchez is just about able to intercept the attempted through-ball at the vital moment before clearing the ball back up the pitch.
    • 26'
      Villa are enjoying more of the ball now, but they are still finding it difficult to penetrate Arsenal's impressive back line. Gil twists and turns past three players before firing a cross-cum-shot from 25 yards out, but Ramsey does well to dive in front of it to send it out for a corner, which is th
    • 28'
      Cazorla hits the post! The Spaniard breaks through the middle of the Villa defence, skipping past Okore with ease before firing a great low shot that beats Guzan but ends up ricocheting off the woodwork.
    • 30'
      Ozil scores, but it's offside! The German does incredibly well to beat a plethora of white shirts with ease before playing a lovely one-two with Cazorla and firing a shot into the back of the net, but the linesman's flag is raised, much to the annoyance of the Arsenal fans celebrating behind the goa
    • 32'
      Cazorla and Ozil link up well once more, taking full advantage of the space left in the middle of the pitch by Villa, but the German's run was slightly too early and the linesman's flag is up once again.
    • 34'
      Great play by Gil! The Spaniard spins round Ramsey before playing a series of intricate passes with Benteke on the edge of the penalty area. The big striker then tries to unleash a low shot from 15 yards out, but Mertesacker is able to throw his body in the way to stop it from testing Ospina.
    • 36'
      Wonderful chance for Arsenal! Ozil cuts inside from the right wing before playing a wonderful pass to Ramsey, who, completely unmarked and under no pressure whatsoever from the Villa defence, is able to steady himself before firing a fierce shot that Guzan does well to parry away.
    • 38'
      Cazorla lifts a lovely pass over the top of the Villa defence and towards Ramsey at the back post, but Delph is just about able to get a foot on it to send it away from the Welshman and out of play for a corner.
    • 39'
      The resulting set-piece is sent deep and reaches Mertesacker, but his header is only able to find Cleverley, who then thumps the ball away from danger and out for a throw-in near the halfway line.
    • 41'
      Arsenal win themselves a free kick on the left flank, which is then sent towards Giroud on the edge of the six-yard box. It almost finds the Frenchman but he's beaten to the ball by Okore, who ends up giving the striker a dead leg as a result.
    • 43'
      Fantastic chance for Weimann! Gil skips past two players before sending a great cross into the heart of the Arsenal penalty area, where it finds the head of the Austrian. His touch isn't great, however, and Ospina is able to push the ball away before Bellerin thumps it out of the box.
    • 44'
      And now Arsenal break away quickly! Straight away, after clearing the danger at one end, the hosts push forward at the other, with Walcott darting through the centre of the pitch before finally being dispossessed by a wonderful tackle from Richardson just outside of the penalty area.
    • 45'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be one minute of added time.
    • 46'
      And we're underway once again!
    • 47'
      Great early chance for Benteke! The Belgian does well to charge through the Arsenal defence before teeing up Delph on the left flank, who then sends a low cross back into the penalty area, but the big striker's scuffed shot ends up flying just wide of the far post.
    • 49'
      It's been a positive start by Villa, who patiently work their way down the left wing before Sanchez attempts to send a deep cross towards the back post, but it's overhit and sails harmlessly out of play for a goal kick.
    • 51'
      Another chance for Benteke! Richardson swings a lovely cross into the heart of the Arsenal penalty area, where it finds the Belgian, but his tame effort is unable to find its intended target.
    • 53'
      Villa are looking far more confident when pushing forward. This time, Gil and Cleverley link up well just outside of the penalty area on the right flank before the Spaniard tries to find the Englishman with a low cross, but Mertesacker is just about able to cut it out with a well-timed interception.
    • 55'
      Arsenal break away quickly through Cazorla before he finds Giroud, but the striker takes too long on the ball and fails to find Ramsey, who had a great opportunity to break into the penalty area.
    • 56'
      G M. Özil Assist M. Özil
    • 56'
      O. Giroud gave the assist.
    • 56'
      GOAL! Arsenal have made it 2-0! They break away quickly again, this time through Giroud in the middle of the pitch, who sends a brilliant through-ball into the path of Ozil. The German then breaks forward and pokes the ball past Guzan and into the bottom right hand corner of the net to double his si
    • 57'
      Clark flies in to Walcott, sending the winger tumbling over near the halfway line, and the Irishman receives the first yellow card of the game as a result.
    • 59'
      Villa look determined as they push as many bodies forward as possible in an attempt to find a way back into the game, but, as has been the case for the vast majority of the afternoon, they are struggling to find a way past Arsenal's impressive back four.
    • 61'
      The visitors enjoy a good spell of possession in the middle of the pitch but, once again, a poor pass from Sanchez gifts the ball back to Arsenal in a dangerous position.
    • 62'
      Gil is left in acres of space in the middle of the pitch, allowing him to dart forward before squaring the ball to Delph, who then cuts inside and fires a low shot that Ospina is forced to push round the far post.
    • 63'
      G T. Walcott Assist M. Özil
    • 63'
      Assist by Cazorla.
    • 63'
      GOAL! And now it's 3-0! Again, Arsenal break away quickly and take advantage of the space left behind by the Villa midfielders, with Cazorla teeing up Walcott, who skips between two defenders before curling a great shot past Guzan to surely wrap up all three points for the Gunners.
    • 65'
      Villa try to break away quickly down the right flank, but they take too long in possession and Arsenal are easily able to win the ball back.
    • 66'
      SI S. Sinclair SO M. Özil
    • 66'
      SI G. Agbonlahor SO M. Özil
    • 66'
      Villa have decided to make a double substitution. The first player to come on is Agbonlahor, who takes the place of a clearly frustrated Cleverley.
    • 66'
      And the second is Sinclair, who replaces Weimann to make his Villa debut.
    • 68'
      Gil clumsily trips over Cazorla on the left flank and receives his first Premier League yellow card as a result.
    • 69'
      Giroud hits the crossbar! The resulting set-piece is curled into the heart of the penalty area where it finds the head of the Frenchman, but his effort ends up scraping the top of the goal.
    • 70'
      SI T. Rosický SO M. Özil
    • 70'
      SI C. Akpom SO M. Özil
    • 70'
      And the second is youngster Akpom, who takes the place of Giroud to make only his second Premier League appearance.
    • 70'
      And now Arsenal have decided to make a double change, with little over 20 minutes left to play. The first player to come on is Rosicky, who replaces Walcott.
    • 72'
      Cazorla is left in acres of space by the Villa defence, gifting him with the perfect opportunity to fire a shot from 20 yards out. He steadies himself but eventually decides to send a through-ball towards Akpom, which is cut out well by Clark.
    • 74'
      PENALTY! Akpom does brilliantly to skip past Okore before being tripped over clumsily by Guzan, leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot.
    • 75'
      GOAL! Cazorla fires the resulting spot-kick straight into the hands of Guzan, but it's too powerful and hits the American's right hand before flying into the corner of the goal to make it 4-0 to Arsenal.
    • 76'
      SI A. Westwood SO M. Özil
    • 76'
      Westwood has come on to take the place of Sanchez for the final 15 minutes of what has been a torrid game for Villa.
    • 77'
      SI M. Flamini SO M. Özil
    • 77'
      And now Arsenal have made their final change of the afternoon as well, with Ramsey making way for Flamini.
    • 79'
      Gil picks up the ball just outside of the Arsenal penalty area and spins round before being tripped over by Rosicky, resulting in a free kick for Villa in a very dangerous position.
    • 80'
      The resulting set-piece is curled towards the top right hand corner of the goal by Gil but it ends up clearing the top of the crossbar by a few yards.
    • 82'
      Sinclair and Westwood play a quick one-two between another on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area, but the latter's attempted pass is cut out by Mertesacker at the vital moment.
    • 84'
      Great chance for Akpom! Cazorla links up wonderfully well with Monreal on the left wing before fizzing a dangerous cross into the path of the youngster, but it's slightly too powerful and ends up flying past him and out for a throw-in.
    • 85'
      Another opportunity for Akpom! This time, the cross comes from the right hand side of the box after great play from Bellerin, but Clark is there to cut out the attempted pass with a brilliant sliding interception.
    • 86'
      Akpom again! Villa fail to fully clear the resulting corner and it eventually finds its way to the teenager after a good chipped cross from Mertesacker, but his deft header is comfortably saved by Guzan.
    • 88'
      Villa are at sixes and sevens at the back! Under no pressure whatsoever, the hosts comfortably push forward before Ozil tries to twist and turn his way through three defenders, but he holds onto the ball for slightly too long, denying him the opportunity to shoot from close range. The ball bounces b
    • 90'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.

    Line Up




    Mikel Arteta
    Dean Smith



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 7 9
    Yellow Cards 0 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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