Aston Villa vs Arsenal match report: The three minute maestros

On 20th September 2014 by Kieran

The main story of the afternoon for Arsenal fans was Wenger to put Özil back in the 10 position. His last two performances began to worry fans, with doubters already dubbing him a waste of £42million. Another worry before kick-off came straight from the Arsenal team-sheet. With Debuchy out injured, Chambers started at right-back but a lack of depth at the back meant the nearest thing to a defender on the bench was Coquelin with Bellerin mysteriously left out. Welbeck another doubted player began as the lone striker.

The early stages began fairly even. Both teams had clearly set out to win, with Villa’s Fabien Delph testing Szczesny followed by a brilliant shot by Clark forcing a world class save from Szczesny. Arsenal soon re-found their rhythm, Ozil holding it together with some intricate passing and movement.

However all the criticism was soon to stop. After a tight opening half hour neither team had managed to take advantage of the opportunities that had fell to them. Although Arsenal broke the deadlock on the 33rd minute, a precise pass from Welbeck found the highly criticised German as he slotted it past Guzan. Only 93 seconds later. That’s right 93, Arsenal doubled their lead. This time Özil the creator, Özil had found himself in space on the left, a point perfect cross found Welbeck ready to smash it home. Villa were left in awe, their defence had fell apart. Arsenal capitalised on this. A loose cross from Kieran Gibbs across the Villa box looked like it may reach the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but not if Cissokho had anything to do with it. Panicking and turning it into his own net Cissokho made it 3-0 over and finished the 3 minute Arsenal Annihilation.

It was not Villa’s day. Only moments later Ciaran Clark should have pulled one back for the home team, but it was unable to make its way past Szczesny. Gabriel Agbonglahor did not stop testing the Arsenal defence until the whistle. His pace and turning tested the likes of Chambers and Mertesacker drawing fouls out of them which Villa were unable to convert.The second half was a rather uneventful one much like the the beginning of the first half. Arsenal did dominate possession in the second half with Villa left chasing. Arsenal were displaying a passing masterclass and with substitutions made, Podolski, Ramsey and Wilshere looked to add to the display. Villa’s only notable mark in the second half was Clark’s yellow card as their frustration grew with Arsenal passing all around them.

With the final whistle blown Arsenal’s performance was a clear turn around from their mid-week tragedy at Borussia Dortmund. Özil found himself as the well deserved Man of The Match having finally found himself back down the centre. The German had more zest about him, showing his freedom across the pitch. He look full of energy, with a goal and assist he’s restored faith in the Arsenal fans whilst silencing the critics.

Welbeck also had a strong performance. Having shown some promise against Dortmund, he finally got that all important first goal. He thrives on goals and having scored twice for England and now off the mark at Arsenal the road ahead looks clear. I believe he’s a great addition to the squad and will prove his worth within the current season (let’s hope I don’t get proven wrong)

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