Arsenal took a 2-0 win on the road against Aston Villa on Sunday and went top of the table ahead of Leicester and Chelsea’s game on Monday.
Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey scored for the Gunners in the win. Giroud gave opened up the scoring from the penalty spot in the 8th minute after Theo Walcott got upended by a Villa player in the penalty box. The goal was Giroud’s 50th Premier League goal. Ramsey then made it 2-0 in the 38th minute after an assist by passing wizard Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that he was a bit worried heading into the game as his club had played midweek in the Champions League.
“I was a bit anxious today as we had given a lot on Wednesday and came back very, very late on Thursday morning,” Wenger told arsenal.com after the win. “I know that Villa was fighting to survive and it was maybe a set of important points to win against a team low on confidence. [At] 2-0 at halftime, I knew the second half would be more difficult and then they did well and there were some opportunities for Aston Villa, but we didn’t manage to score the third goal. Overall, it was a controlled performance and a great week for us. Don’t worry, I have already had a few bad weeks so it balances itself out a little bit.”
Wenger also had some special praise for Ramsey as the Welsh midfielder had a very good game. With the slew of injuries, Ramsey has been moved into the central of midfield.
“He [Ramsey] had an outstanding performance today,” Wenger said. “I think of course he is naturally more of a central midfielder and I pushed him out wide for a while because I believe we have seen many times that when players are pushed against the line they need to shorten their technique. When they come back into the middle again, they are better players.”