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13th Jan 2014
FT: Villa 1-2 Arsenal - Full match report to follow


Latest: Villa 1-2 Arsenal [Wilshere 34; Giroud 35; Benteke 76]

Half-time report

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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