Belfast Telegraph

Wenger hails dynamic victory

Arsene Wenger hailed a "dynamic performance" after Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa which saw them strengthen their grip on third place in the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners made it seven straight league wins to capitalise on Tottenham's goalless draw at Chelsea with first half goals from Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott. Villa regrouped after the break, but rarely threatened, before Mikel Arteta cracked in a fine free-kick in stoppage time as Arsenal coasted to victory.

Wenger said: "I felt it was a very dynamic, fluent performance in the first half with top technical quality."

He added: "It was a controlled performance in the second half, but our fatigue came in a bit because we gave a lot at Everton on Wednesday night.

"We have consistency at the moment, so let's go home and wait for the next game."

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish felt the early goals his side gave away were "pretty lamentable".

He said: "From our point of view, it was very weak defending.

"At 2-0 down in the second half, we said if we could get a goal back then we could have made Arsenal nervous and we did have a couple of chances.

"But we have to be realistic if people thought we would come here and win.

"There are a few teams who have less points than us, but we need to get ourselves a bit further up the table."


From Belfast Telegraph