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Premier League: Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

[Sunday, March 25, 2012 ]

Goals from Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and a stunning Mikel Arteta free-kick powered Arsenal to a 3-0 victory over a hapless Aston Villa at the Emirates.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given fails to stop a free-kick from Arsenal player Mikel Arteta
Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given fails to stop a free-kick from Arsenal player Mikel Arteta

Photo: Reuters

Arsenal were in the ascendancy from the off and the home side got their noses in front after 16 minutes when Gibbs managed to squeeze the ball past Shay Given at his near post for his first ever Premier League.

The Gunners continued to probe and Walcott doubled the advantage in the 25th minute when he latched onto Alex Song's long ball before calmly stroking the ball into the bottom corner.

Just when it looked like Arsenal would not be adding to their two-goal lead late on Arteta scored a stunning free-kick from fully 35 yards to make it 3-0.


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