REPORT: Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal
It took only three minutes to snatch the three points as a period of quick-fire goals from Arsenal saw them secure a comfortable victory over Aston Villa.
More on the number three, Calum Chambers was only three years old the last time the Gunners lost at Villa Park in 1998. Saturday’s result not only kept a 16-year unbeaten run at the venue but also brought a welcome second win of the season for a previously stuttering Arsenal side.
Mesut Ozil opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark and, within four minutes, Danny Welbeck had netted his first goal for Arsenal and Aly Cissokho had scored an own goal.
Villa had been the better team when the scores were level and the unmarked Ciaran Clark headed a great chance straight at Wojciech Szczesny before Arsenal took the lead on 32 minutes.
A one-touch passing move resulted in Welbeck threading a pass through to Ozil and the much-maligned Germany international slid his shot past the onrushing Brad Guzan.
Just 79 seconds later and Arsenal had scored a second goal, with the roles reversed as Ozil’s low cross was cushioned home by the unmarked Welbeck from six yards out for the striker’s first goal since his deadline day move from Manchester United.
By the 36th minute, it was 3-0 when Kieran Gibbs’ wayward low shot from the left-hand side was diverted into his own net by Cissokho.
The second half saw Arsenal comfortably control the game to ensure Arsene Wenger’s side produced the ideal response to the midweek defeat by Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League.