Aston Villa 1 - 2 Arsenal

Match info: Premier League at Villa Park

Date: 13/01/2014 KO: 20:00 Ref: Att: 36,097

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

A Villa

Christian Benteke 76

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Arsenal

Jack Wilshere 34
Olivier Giroud 35

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  • Arsenal hold to win 2-1 and reclaim their place at the top of the Premier League table. Stay with skysports.com for report, reaction, ratings and plenty more from Villa Park.

  • Villa have shown little imagination and Arsenal are dealing with the long balls being pumped towards their box.

    90+5
  • Villa are finishing strongly but Arsenal break, with Cazorla able to turn in the box. The Arsenal midfielder gets off a low shot but Guzan gathers and immediately sets his side on the attack.

    90+3
  • Vlaar completely misses a long clearance on the touchline, allowing Giroud to break, but the Frenchman fails to pick out Ozil.

    90+1
  • Six minutes of added time to play, which Wenger does not like.

    90
  • Great chance for Benteke! Lowton's cross picks out the Belgian again, but his header this time bounces into the grateful arms of Szczesny.

    89
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain is back! The midfielder replaces Rosicky after the Czech's aborted return after a blood injury

    86
  • Agbonlahor goes in the book for clipping Ozil's heels as the Arsenal playmaker looked to break out.

    85
  • Villa smell blood (Arsenal's, not Rosicky's) and go on the attack. First, Delph sees his low drive from distance gathered safely by Szczesny. Villa quickly win back possession and Mertesacker has to head away at the far post as Benteke waited to head in to a gaping goal.

    82
  • Rosicky appears to have a bloody nose, which is a result of being caught by Agbonlahor's arm in an aerial challenge. The Arsenal substitute needs a new shirt but he will return.

    80
  • Villa break after an Arsenal corner, which annoys the visitors because Rosicky is down injured. When the danger subsides, Flamini and Ozil want a word with Benteke, who not-so-politely tells them where to go.

    79
  • Weimann replaced El Ahmadi just before Benteke's goal.

  • Delph battled brilliantly to win possession before feeding Lowton. He delivered a devilish cross from deep on the right, which picked out Benteke at the far post. The Belgian converted with a diving header.

    76
  • BENTEKE MAKES NO MISTAKE THIS TIME! VILLA BACK IN IT!

    76
  • Benteke has a go with a volley as he falls backwards but Szczesny isn't troubled as the ball bounces well wide.

    74
  • Giroud fires wide after being teed up by Gibbs. A delightful pass from Wilshere played in the substitute full-back, but Giroud was eventually crowded out after receiving from Gibbs.

    72
  • Another change for Arsenal: Rosicky replaces Gnabry.

    69
  • Monreal is replaced at left-back by Gibbs, probably as a result of Vlaar's challenge eight minutes ago.

    66
  • Szczesny has to make a save this time, with Westwood's drive from 25 yards finding its way into the gloves of the Pole in goal.

    65

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