Arsenal thrashed Aston Villa 5-0 at home on Sunday to make it three straight Premier League wins for the first time this season.
Two returning stars stole the show as Arsenal thumped beleaguered Aston Villa 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium to make it three straight Premier League wins for the first time this season.
Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott were back in the starting line-up after long absences and set up an important victory, which sees Arsene Wenger’s men climb above rivals Tottenham and into fifth position.
The German World Cup winner, making his first league start in four months, set up Olivier Giroud for Arsenal’s early opener and the roles were reversed after half-time as Ozil made it 2-0.
Walcott added a third and there were further goals for Santi Cazorla, from the penalty spot, and Hector Bellerin as Paul Lambert’s men faded badly.
Villa remain just three points above the relegation zone and are without a win in eight league matches, having failed to score in their last six – a new club record.
Alexis Sanchez was not risked but was barely missed as Arsenal exhibited their counter-attacking best in the second half and Villa’s wait for a goal stretched past 10 hours.
The additions of Ozil and Walcott – the latter making his first league start since January 2014 – were the only changes Wenger made to the team that beat Manchester City last time out in the Premier League.