By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Villa remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, eight points adrift of safety after a 2-0 loss to Arsenal at Villa Park.
In stark contrast, the win took Arsene Wenger’s men to the summit of the table, and despite their manager’s concerns that Champions League fatigue may affect the performance of his men here, in truth the Gunners were never really tested as Remi Garde continues his effort to turn Villa’s fortunes around.
The hosts hadn’t beaten Arsenal at home since 1998 and it was a record that rarely looked threatened as Garde came up head-to-head with the manager that signed him as a player for Arsenal.
Arsenal were in front after eight minutes, Alan Hutton adjudged to have brought Theo Walcott down and Olivier Giroud stepping up to convert the penalty and make it 1-0.
The first opening for Villa fell to Jordan Ayew after Petr Cech’s parry, but he blazed over, and other clear-cut chances were sparse as the visitors enjoyed swathes of possession.
Their dominance was rewarded as they doubled their lead. Aaron Ramsey started and finished the move, winning the ball in midfield and laying it off to Walcott, who in turn picked out Mesut Ozil and, having jinxed the defence, the forward found Ramsey who fired home.
Their were glimpses of hope for the Villa fans in the second half but on the whole, this was a formality for Arsenal and Garde will look to the Christmas fixtures for the side to close the gap on the safety spots.