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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

High fives all round as Arsenal thrash hopeless Aston Villa

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Olivier Giroud goal (8') Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Mesut Ozil goal (56') Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Theo Walcott goal (63') Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Santi Cazorla penalty kick goal (75') Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Hector Bellerin goal (90+2') Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

LONDON -- Three thoughts on Arsenal's emphatic 5-0 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League.

1. Arsenal tear Villa apart

Patience is fast becoming a virtue for this Arsenal team. Arsene Wenger has become a late convert to the type of tactics that rivals like Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson have so often picked apart his team with -- sit back and wait and take the opportunities when the game comes to you.

Arsenal, having taken an early lead, had struggled to open any floodgates and a smidgeon...

Ozil leads well-rounded Arsenal in hammering of Aston Villa

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Olivier Giroud goal (8') Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Mesut Ozil goal (56') Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Theo Walcott goal (63') Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Santi Cazorla penalty kick goal (75') Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Hector Bellerin goal (90+2') Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa

Arsenal continued their recent good form by hammering a hapless Aston Villa 5-0 at the Emirates on Sunday.

Accusations that the Gunners were a one-man team this season were well and truly put to bed with a convincing display and five different players finding the back of the net. Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Hector Bellerin made sure Arsene Wenger's team didn't feel the absence of the influential Alexis Sanchez, and the points ensured they move above local rivals...

Arsenal have turned a corner since Aston Villa's last visit to the Emirates

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaks ahead of his side's match against Aston Villa on Sunday.
An Arsenal fan urges Arsene Wenger to spend following Aston Villa's 3-1 win at the Emirates last season. He promptly landed Mesut Ozil for a club-record fee.

Last season, Arsenal's match at home to Aston Villa represented the nadir of Arsene Wenger's time at the club. A dispiriting 3-1 defeat on the opening day of the 2013-14 campaign saw fans' frustrations with the manager spill over into open revolt.

However, Wenger is able to approach this fixture with a sense of genuine optimism -- Arsenal have won their last four games and finally have something resembling a complete squad to call upon.

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Rewind 18 months ago, and there was very little to feel positive...

 By John Cross

Campbell, Podolski & Sanogo exits leave inconsistent Arsenal light up top

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Arsenal's defensive cover in Gabriel Paulista. Marcotti feels the centre-back position may now be well covered for Arsene Wenger's side.

Here's an interesting stat -- Arsenal have yet to win three Premier League games in a row. That is something that must change because as it is, such a poor run threatens to undermine their season.

Arsene Wenger's men go into the Aston Villa match on Sunday following wins over Stoke and Manchester City. The latter was an impressive reminder of Wenger's nous and Arsenal's quality but if they really want to kick on, they must find a winning rhythm between now and May.

They've gone close a couple of...

Arsenal reveling in newfound squad balance

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Arsenal's defensive cover in Gabriel Paulista. Marcotti feels the centre-back position may now be well covered for Arsene Wenger's side.

For most of this season, Arsenal have had an imbalanced squad.

Some of that was down to the fact that players were missing through short-, mid- and long-term injuries. However, when you looked at how the squad was constructed in the summer, it boiled down to the fact that the Gunners had too many attacking options, and not enough defensive depth.

So far this January, three forwards who hardly featured have left the club on loan. Lukas Podolski went to Inter Milan, Yaya Sanogo to Crystal Palace...

 By Chris Wright

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil sends heartfelt message to his Twitter fans

Defiantly perched atop his garden steps like Winston Churchill in his younger days, Mesut Ozil has delivered a stirring sermon from his mount to thank his vast legions of social media followers for their unerring support over the years.

Word of warning: You may want to have a silken handkerchief nearby in case the raw passion on display causes you to involuntarily cry tears of pure emotion.