Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal: Giroud and Ramsey send Gunners to the top of the Premier League
Giroud now has 50 Premier League goals for Arsenal (Premier League)

Arsenal came away with a 2-0 win against Aston Villa on Sunday evening, with goals coming from Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey

Gunners take an early lead

It was Aston Villa who created the first opportunity of the match. Scott Sinclair received a cross-field pass before he cut inside and stung the fingers of Petr Cech, who equals David James' Premier League record of most clean sheets (169)

Just a minute later Arsenal took the lead. Theo Walcott burst past Alan Hutton into the box before getting idioticly hawled down from behind by Hutton. 

After a bit of confusion, referee Kevin Friend awarded a penalty, which Giroud calmy dispatched.

North Londoners dominate but struggle to score

Though Arsenal had the lead, they couldn't make any further headway for much of the half. Arsene Wenger's side dominated the ball but were failing to craft clear goalscoring opportunities. 

However, as soon as they did create, the Gunners scored. After Aston Villa gave the ball away Arsenal countered at pace, Walcott played in Mesut Ozil, and with Villa defenders nowhere to be seen, Ozil simply squared the ball back to Ramsey who dispatched his effort comfortably.

Aaron Ramsey celebrates his goal
Aaron Ramsey celebrates his goal

Arsenal stumble in the second-half

The Villans almost pulled a goal back just after half-time. Hutton broke forward down the right and lifted in a cross for Rudy Gestede but the striker headed wide. 

Arsenal were wobbling and Sinclair really should have got a goal back for Aston Villa.

Once again the Villans broke down the right-wing, Hutton delivered a cross to the former Swansea man but he couldn't get over the ball to head it in as ball flew harmlessly over the bar. 

Leandro Bacuna was next player to knock on Arsenal's door. After poor positional play by Hector Bellerin, Bacuna found himself in acres of space, but his curled effort from distance soared narrowly over the bar.  

Arsenal eventually regained control but did almost concede late on. Substitute Adama Traore produced a stunning run, beating two defenders, but his effort slammed into the side-netting. 

The Gunners weathered the storm to secure the three points which see them go top of the Premier League.

The defeat leaves Aston Villa still adrift at the bottom of the table.