FT: Villa 1-2 Arsenal - Full match report to follow
Villa were dealt a double blow in a ruthless 60-second blitz from Arsenal.
Jack Wilshere met Nacho Monreal's cutback and fired across Brad Guzan to put the Gunners ahead on 34 minutes.
And it took less than a minute for the England midfielder to tee up his team-mate Olivier Giroud, who superbly controlled a chipped ball before slotting home.
Paul Lambert had already been forced into a reshuffle when Serge Gnabry's powerful drive hit Nathan Baker in the face, forcing the defender off with mild concussion.
Nevertheless, Villa regrouped and had a couple of half chances through Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi.
Firstly, Delph dragged a shot wide after Christian Benteke's pressing forced the Gunners into a defensive mistake.
Then El Ahmadi met Delph's left-wing cross but couldn't keep his volley down.
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