Arsenal have thumped Aston Villa 5-0 at the Emirates to extend their winning streak to four games.
Olivier Giroud got the ball rolling with the only goal of the first half; the recently returning Mesut Ozil had a major role to play. On the right Hector Bellerin bombed down the wing and played a ball behind Ozil who adjusted brilliantly to flick the ball towards Giroud who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
However, despite the early goal, the rest of the first half became an evenly fought battle between the two clubs. Santi Cazorla was in fine form and he had a shot that clapped the post. At the other end David Ospina was called into action as he saved a close-range header from Andreas Weimann.
As soon as the second half begun it became apparent Arsenal had stepped it up a few notches and after 10 minutes of persistent pressure, Mesut Ozil got his second goal in two games and more importantly, Arsenal's second of the game. Another player returning from injury, Theo Walcott, played a major part in an Arsenal goal. It was the speedy winger's pass that enabled Giroud play in Ozil.
In what was quickly becoming a pattern, Santi Cazorla was the latest player to score just after he assisted a fellow team mate earlier in the game. He had Chuba Akpom to thank for the opportunity as it his touch and pace that drew Brad Guzan out of goal and into a foul for a penalty. Cazorla stepped up to take it but was rather fortunate to score as his penalty - drilled straight at Guzan - was haphazardly pushed in by Guzan who failed to get enough contact.
In addition to Cazorla's earlier shot that hit the bar, Giroud did the same with a header in the second half and Walcott had a goal ruled out for offside, leaving Villa rather lucky to leave the Emirates with just a five-nil loss.
As for Aston Villa, they are in the midsts of horrid form and have failed to score in the last six games.
"Mesut [Ozil] has worked tremendously hard to recover from injury, like myself. They always say it's not going to happen overnight but it has for him - two goals in two games. I haven't played that much with him since he joined the club, his touch, and his general play is fantastic. I'm very grateful to be able to play with him and hopefully we can both stay fit now and charge on from here. It is always nice to get goals, especially at the Emirates. My little boy was here today too. The finish was great and it's such a relief to get that goal out of the way but it is all about the three points."
Arsene Wenger speaking to Sky Sports: "It was positive because we kept a clean sheet. We know we can score goals. We needed to be patient because they tried to stop us going forward. With time going on we had a chance to play through their lines and that made the difference.
"You cannot fault anyone's performance. Mesut [Ozil] did well. It takes a while to get that sharpness back.
"We had a rigorous attitude defensively. Even at 4-0, 5-0 up people were willing to work back. We want to play collectively and offensively to the end.
"You could see that mentally for Villa the second goal was a big blow to them. They are in a difficult position."
Paul Lambert speaking to Sky Sports: "For 65 minutes or so we were in the game. We had a great chance at the end of the first half and I thought Christian [Benteke] should have score after half-time. The goals after that were very poor from our point of view. The reaction to the goals was poor.
"It is difficult, when you don't score you don't win games. You have to keep working hard in training and hopefully it turns around. We had chances to score but you have to take them. We have to keep our confidence up. We came into this with confidence.
"We have definitely got enough [to stay up]. If we can do one or two more [signings] then we will try. It is not easy to bring people in but if we can we will. I am looking for anybody who can improve the side."