Arsenal netted five goals for the first time this season making it all the way to the top. Manager Arsene Wenger must have been delighted with five of his stars making to the scoresheet.
Giroud opened the score after a sublime back heel flick from Mesut Özil who put up an outstanding Man-of-the-Match performance while Theo Walcott continued his rehabilitation with a fine finish to Gunners’ third.
Santi Cazorla added another goal to his tally after Akpom was brought down by Guzan in the box as Bellerin completed the fantastic five with a low drilled shot into the bottom corner.
GK – David Ospina – 7/10
Endured a very quiet 90 minutes of football, but remained on his toes with a couple of fine saves when required.
RB – Hector Bellerin – 7/10
The attacking defender netted Arsenal’s fifth to cap off an enjoyable afternoon.
CB – Per Mertesacker – 6/10
Largely untroubled but didn’t let Benteke a sniff at goal either.
CB – Laurent Koscielny – 6/10
Had very little to deal with and like Mertesacker didn’t provide Villa much room to score.
LB – Nacho Monreal – 6/10
Struggled initially with Scott Sinclair’s introduction but dealt impressively with the pressure.
CDM – Aaron Ramsey – 7/10
Put up an unselfish performance as the midfielder always sought building a brilliant understanding with Coquelin. Arsenal fans will be hoping for Ramsey to become more selfish in front of goal soon.
CDM – Francis Coquelin – 6/10
Although he improved in the second-half, he is guilty of rushing the play and still has to prove his mettle.
CAM – Santi Cazorla – 8/10
Was very fortunate, even though his penalty fired straight at the keeper, yet he excelled in the time and space given to him by Aston Villa.
RM – Theo Walcott – 6/10
Although he looked understandably off the pace, he demonstrated excellent composure and reminded fans of what they have been missing with the Gunners’ third goal.
LM – Mesut Özil – 8/10
The German deserved the Man of the match title more than anyone. An outstanding flick to set Giroud on the way for his first as well as a precise finish for the important second goal. Hopefully, this marks the start of many more superb performances yet to come.
ST – Olivier Giroud – 7/10
As he set Arsenal on their way to three points with the first goal, it seemed as though he may have fluffed his lines, but finished it aptly.
Full time at the Emirates!
It’s Arsenal 5-0 Aston villa
edited by Bhavna Rachuri