Too many times we have stumbled against what are perceived as the weaker team and it wouldn’t be the first time Aston Villa have shown us the door. But enough negativity after such a positive outcome.
Although Aston Villa’s Scott Sinclair had the first shot on target it was Arsenal who opened the scoring. Olivier Giroud netted his 50th goal for Arsenal in the 7th minute after Alan Hutton conceded a penalty following a foul on Theo Walcott. The Gunners’ next chance came from Laurent Koscielny whose right footed shot from the centre of the box in the 20th minute sent the ball high over the crossbar. Within a minute Villa’s Leandro Bacuna shot performed a mirror image; a couple of further attempts by Villa failed to find the net. Then, in the 38th minute, Aaron Ramsey sent his right-footed shot into the bottom left corner of goal after good work from Walcott and Mesut Ozil. 2-0 to the Arsenal.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the win as Arsenal moved top of the table on Sunday night (before Leicester beat Chelsea on Monday night to retain top spot).
I think Ramsey/Coquelin partnership will be even better than Santi/Coquelin. Love Santi, but Ramsey owns the midfield. Top class!
— Guilherme Parmera (@gparmera) December 13, 2015
Ozil's faint to create space before that assist OMG. World class. Ramsey top class engine
— DD (@Darren_Dom) December 13, 2015
Mesut Ozil needs just 8 more assists to break Thierry Henry's Premier League assist record of 20 and there are 22 games to go.
— Arsenal News (@__arsenalnews_) December 13, 2015
— Stuart MacFarlane (@Stuart_PhotoAFC) December 13, 2015
Mesut Ozil overtook Swindon for PL assists today. Great moment for anyone really.
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) December 13, 2015
“I think the jury’s still out on Mesut Ozil,” said Moyes. I probably use some clichés too, but for God's sake let's bury this one
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) December 13, 2015
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 13, 2015
— Monty Panesar (@MontyPanesar) December 13, 2015
— Moh Haider (@ArsenalMoh8) December 13, 2015
Well done boys #TopOfTheLeague
— Bernard the Gooner (@bernard_neo) December 13, 2015
No Santi No Alexis No Francis No Problem 2nil Arsenal, job done #TopOfTheLeague
— JON (@goonerjon777) December 13, 2015
— Sami Sumner (@SamiSumner) December 14, 2015
Coq’s gone, Flam steps up. Santi’s gone, Ramsey steps up. List goes on. This squad was expertly built, no question. #TOPOFTHELEAGUE
— Ahmed Nada (@GizaGooner) December 14, 2015
And finally, if we beat Manchester City on Monday 21 December we could be #TopOfTheLeague for Christmas.