A fantastic brace from Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas and a last gasp third from Abou Diaby was enough to give the Emirates side a well deserved win over fourth place Aston Villa in a throughly engrossing contest.
It was real end to end stuff for the first half hour or so as Arsenal and Aston Villa both had good chances and Brad Friedel pulled off some good stops. Abou Diaby was having one of this better games and was immense in midfield as the Gunners started to exert some pressure on Martin O’Neill’s side.
The second half continued to see Arsenal put pressure on the Villa goal and the unfit Fabregas was brought on and within minutes had put away a delightful free-kick from 25 yards. Theo Walcott was also given a run out and had some great runs on the right hand side. Aston Villa tried to get themselves back into the match but the north London side held out for a deserved win in this crucial Premier League fixture. The Spanish international then added a second after good approach work from Nasri before being taken off with a slight knock.
Abou Diaby then scored a wonder goal that capped off a fine performance from the Frenchman.
Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa (Fabregas)
Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa (Fabregas)
Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa (Diaby)