14 Jan 2014

Arsenal survive late scare at Villa to go top of EPL

11:21 am on 14 January 2014

Arsenal survived a late scare to regain top spot in English football's Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa.

Both the Gunners' goals arrived in the space of a minute with Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud scoring just after the half hour mark before Christian Benteke's header 14 minutes from time made it a nervy finish for Arsene Wenger's side.

England midfielder Wilshere opened the scoring after 34 minutes with an accurate left-foot finish and Villa self-destructed, conceding possession from the kick-off before French striker Giroud doubled the visitors' lead.

Benteke's stooping header raised hopes of an unlikely Villa comeback and the Belgian striker came close to an equaliser as Arsenal hung on.

Arsenal began the day in third place after wins for title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City but responded in style to move a point clear at the top.