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Arsenal at the double as they hold off Villa

Published: Monday 13 January 2014, 23.15CET
Arsenal FC returned to the Premier League summit after two goals in the space of 59 seconds from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud, but were hanging on at the end at Villa Park.
Arsenal at the double as they hold off Villa
Olivier Giroud (left) celebrates after making it 2-0, with Jack Wilshere in pursuit ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 13 January 2014, 23.15CET

Arsenal at the double as they hold off Villa

Arsenal FC returned to the Premier League summit after two goals in the space of 59 seconds from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud, but were hanging on at the end at Villa Park.

Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud scored within the space of 60 first-half seconds as Arsenal FC returned to the Premier League summit, though the visitors were forced to endure a nervy finale at Aston Villa FC.

The north London side were well on top when Wilshere slotted in on 34 minutes, and looked to be cruising when Giroud rifled in just 59 seconds later. Villa, lying 11th in the table but just five points above the relegation zone, were struggling to make a mark before Christian Benteke's far-post header 14 minutes from time changed the complexion of the game.

Suddenly Arsenal, beaten 3-1 by Villa on the opening day of the season, were rocking. Both teams created openings in an end-to-end conclusion but the visitors held on for a victory takes the Gunners back above Manchester City FC and Chelsea FC to the top of the standings.

Last updated: 14/01/14 0.48CET

Results

English Premier League 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 13/01/2014 23:03 CET

13/01/2014

Aston VillaAston Villa1-2ArsenalArsenal

Benteke 76

Wilshere 34, Giroud 35

Venue: Birmingham

12/01/2014

StokeStoke3-5LiverpoolLiverpool

Crouch 39, Adam 45, Walters 85

Shawcross 5 (og), Suárez 32, 71, Gerrard 51 (P), Sturridge 87

Venue: Stoke

12/01/2014

NewcastleNewcastle0-2Man. CityMan. City

Džeko 8, Negredo 90+5

Venue: Newcastle

11/01/2014

Man. UnitedMan. United2-0SwanseaSwansea

Valencia 47, Welbeck 59

Venue: Manchester

11/01/2014

CardiffCardiff0-2West HamWest Ham

C. Cole 42, Noble 90+3

Venue: Cardiff

11/01/2014

EvertonEverton2-0NorwichNorwich

Barry 23, Mirallas 59

Venue: Liverpool

11/01/2014

FulhamFulham1-4SunderlandSunderland

Sidwell 52

A. Johnson 29, 69, 85 (P), Ki Sung-Yong 41

Venue: London

11/01/2014

SouthamptonSouthampton1-0West BromWest Brom

Lallana 66

Venue: Southampton

11/01/2014

TottenhamTottenham2-0Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace

Eriksen 50, Defoe 72

Venue: London

11/01/2014

HullHull0-2ChelseaChelsea

Hazard 56, Torres 87

Venue: Hull

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