Cesc’s on fire for glorious Gunners

Date published: Sunday 27th December 2009 3:36

The Spaniard, who had been out with a hamstring problem, came off the bench after 57 minutes at the Emirates Stadium and soon netted a superb free-kick (65), then added a fine breakaway goal (81) before being substituted as a precaution.

Abou Diaby netted a third in stoppage time, curling in a low effort from the edge of the area after a powerful run.

Villa – who had already beaten Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool this season – looked dangerous on the break but could not make the most of their best spell of pressure midway through the second half.

Arsene Wenger’s men are now just four points behind leaders Chelsea, and with a match in hand on the sides around them.

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