English Premiership

Welbeck impressed me - Wenger

2014-09-22 09:33
Mesut Ozil (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Mesut Ozil was back to his best while Danny Welbeck started repaying his price tag as Arsenal blitzed Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Aston Villa v Arsenal

Welbeck set up Mesut Ozil to score in the 32nd minute before the German World Cup winner returned the favour to tee up Welbeck barely two minutes later.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was left smiling after seeing his attackers combine brilliantly to put a stop to Aston Villa's unbeaten run.

"That's the positive of the day," Wenger told Arsenal.com.

"When they played close to each other, they combined well, with pace, and that was very interesting for us.

"[Ozil] had a good performance. The performance is not necessarily linked with the position he played. It was the plan of the day to play him there but that can change game by game. The whole team played better as well and he's a guy who depends a little bit on the quality of our game.

"I was impressed by [Welbeck's] performance because he had good [ball] retention, he scored, he had an assist, he worked hard and he had a great game.

"We had a good focus from the start on, a good work-rate and good togetherness. Our team play was convincing - we could play patiently and we could play quickly when needed. We scored three goals in [just over] three minutes and that was game over. The second half was more controlled and it was a very convincing performance."

Wenger will be hoping for more of the same as Saturday, September 27 sees the London Derby headline the English Premiership weekend.

Arsenal take on bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 18:30. 

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