Feb 23, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Aston Villa
Cazorla (6', 85')
Diaby (37')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Weimann (68')
Lowton (36'), Delph (66')

Result: Santi Cazorla brace downs Aston Villa

Two goals from Spanish attacker Santi Cazorla allow Arsenal to overcome Aston Villa by two goals to one.

A brace from Santi Cazorla allowed Arsenal to record a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.

The home side started brightly and were denied a second-minute lead as Brad Guzan dived full stretch to parry Jack Wilshere's curling effort.

Just two minutes later, the American goalkeeper was beaten. Cazorla saw his initial shot blocked, but when the ball returned to his feet he sent it into the net despite Guzan's best efforts.

Struggling Villa's response was positive, but Wojciech Szczesny was on hand to deny Gabriel Agbonlahor and Charles N'Zogbia from inside the area.

Arsenal players congratulate Santi Cazorla after a goal against Aston Villa on February 23, 2013© PA Photos

As the half drew to a close Olivier Giroud cut inside from the left, only to see his low shot held by Guzan in the Villa net.

Paul Lambert's Villa came out for the second half with a positive outlook and could have drawn themselves level with 51 minutes on the clock. Centre-back Ciaran Clark rose highest inside the area, but he only succeeded in heading over the target from eight yards out.

However, they did eventually convert one of their chances with 68 minutes played. A quick counter-attack ended with Austrian Andreas Weimann trying his luck from 25 yards - a shot that Szczesny failed to hold and the ball crept into the net.

Both sides then had chances to claim a winner, but it was the hosting Gunners who found the decisive goal with five minutes left. Nacho Monreal got to the left byline and cut the ball back for his fellow Spaniard Cazorla, who beat Guzan from 10 yards out.

Santi Cazorla celebrates scoring for Arsenal on November 17, 2012
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