Arsenal took a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday at Villa Park, putting them at the top of the English Premier League. The Gunners kicked off but all that was seen was slow running on the pitch and Villa was passing in their own half. The fifth minute saw a penalty awarded to the Gunners after Alan Hutton brought down Theo Walcott inside the box and Olivier Giroud sent Brad Guzan in the wrong direction to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The play on the field from the Villans lacked quality. Their attack was singular, their defence was divided, and there were unnecessary fouls. Following the penalty, the match became less than gripping, with both teams displaying complacency, and despite Arsenal’s dominance, they were unable to capitalise on it. Aaron Ramsey gave his team a 2-0 lead in the 38th minute, after Mesut Oezil tapped left for Ramsey who slammed it into an empty net.
As the second stanza began, there was new fire lit under the derriere of the hosts, as they advanced into the box of Petr Cech three times in the first five minutes. Arsene Wenger’s men seemed to have left the match with the fans, as their slack play allowed their rivals to breach defence and make Cech needed. The tempo died with Villa’s energy as both teams stood in midfield, going no further.
It appeared as if they had both already accepted the score and were just running the clock down. Villa Park attempted to break the drowning silence and revive the joy as both teams tried to create in the final moments of the game. However, it was not enough, and the London club walked away with a 2-0 victory, and take the top spot in the league table.