Olivier Giroud’s penalty and Aaron Ramsey’s cool finish gave Arsenal a comfortable 2-0 victory last night over Aston Villa, and propelled them to the top of the Premier League table.
Level on points with the Gunners are Manchester City in second place, and Leicester City in third place and one game in hand. Manchester United remain in fourth place after succumbing to a defeat at the hands of Bournemouth. Liverpool drew 2-2 with West Brom while Spurs lost 2-1 to Newcastle. As an Arsenal fan, I am pleased with all the BPL results over the weekend. Like Leicester City, Chelsea also has a game in hand and are still in 16th place.
My predictions came true on Sunday night just before the match kick-off. I wanted Olivier Giroud to continue scoring, although not in the form of a penalty. I voted for Aaron Ramsey to get back to his scoring ways after returning from injury. I prayed for Mesut Ozil to add another assist to his increasing tally of assists for Arsenal.
Giroud opened the scoring when Theo Walcott was brought down in the box by Aston Villa’s Alan Hutton. The decision to give the spot kick by referee Kevin Friend was delayed as if he was trying very hard to decide if it should be given or not. In the end, he pointed to the spot and Giroud stepped up to take it. The Frenchman calmly took the penalty and sent Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan the wrong way. Arsenal had the lead.
The second goal came within minutes of the final whistle. Mesut Ozil ran down the side of the field and closed in on Guzan. He could have scored, yet he unselfishly passed the ball to Ramsey, who coolly slotted the ball in with his right foot. That pass added yet another assist to Ozil’s current total of 13 assists of Premier League goals for Arsenal this season alone. Giroud, on the other hand, has scored a total of 50 Premier League goals for the Gunners with his penalty against Aston Villa. Let’s not forget the Arsenal goalkeeper, Petr Cech, who reached an all-time Premier League record of 169 clean sheets.
It was certainly a night to remember for Arsenal and their visiting fans. This should prep them up for their next match against Manchester City on December 21. Should they win it, they would be able to remain in first place until January 2016.