Arsenal blew past Aston Villa on Saturday at Villa Park, with three first half goals in just 192 seconds sealing the Gunners’ 3-0 victory.
The home side started brightly but Arsenal’s devastating three-minute salvo swung the game in their favor as Mesut Ozil scored, then Danny Welbeck made it 2-0 just 79 seconds later for his first Arsenal goal. Aly Cissokho then scored an own goal and the game was all but over at a stunned Villa Park.
With the win the Gunner remain unbeaten after five games, but this was their first win since the opening day of the season as they have nine points on the board. Villa and Brad Guzan were beaten for the first time this season but have 10 points.
Early on it was the home side who started brighter as Fabian Delph forced Szczesny into a smart save down to his right after just three minutes.
Arsenal finally got going and Danny Welbeck curled a shot just over the bar from outside the box as the England international searched for his first Arsenal goal. Villa should have been 1-0 up midway through the first half as Ciaran Clark was found unmarked at the back post but his header was saved superbly by a sprawling Szczesny.
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The Gunners had not lost at Villa for 16 years and their positive vibes at Villa Park continued after a stunning three-minute spell where they scored three goals. First a magnificent one-touch move saw Welbeck play in Ozil and the German attacker slotted past Brad Guzan with ease. 79 seconds later the roles were reversed as Ozil was set free down the left and curled in a perfect cross for Welbeck to slot home his first Arsenal goal (and his fourth in his last three starts vs. Villa) to make it 2-0. Three minutes and 19 seconds after the first goal, it was 3-0 as Kieran Gibbs drilled a shot towards Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the back post which Cissokho knocked into his own net to put the Gunners 3-0 up.
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Villa were stunned, while Arsene Wenger had a huge grin on his face as Arsenal led 3-0 at the break and it could have been more as both Ozil and Aaron Ramsey shot wide. After the break Villa improved but the home fans were still stunned after that incredible three-minute spell from the away side.
In the second half Villa tried to get back into the game as Clark’s effort at the back post was superbly blocked by Chamberlain. Arsene Wenger had the luxury of making a triple substitution as Tomas Rosicky, Lukas Podolski and Jack Wilshere all came off the bench in a timid second 45.
Arsenal’s defense were hardly troubled in the second half and the Gunners eased to victory in Birmingham in front of their jubilant away supporters.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Senderos, Hutton, Clark, Cissokho, Delph, Sanchez (Bacuna, 86′), Cleverley, Richardson, (N’Zogbia, 77′) Weimann (Grealish, 45′), Agbonlahor.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Rosicky, 79′), Welbeck.
Goals: Ozil (33′), Welbeck (34′), Cissokho, own goal (36′)