Arsenal moved above north-London rivals Tottenham into fifth place in the Barclays Premier League, after a convincing 5 - 0 victory against a lacklustre Aston Villa side at the Emirates Stadium.

This was the first time in the season that the Gunners had hit five in one game, and completed a hat-trick of successive league victories! Arsene Wenger is pleased with his men, not just for the goals, but also for a clean sheet.

The hosts dominated the match, and took the lead in the eight minute. Mesut Ozil, who made his first start after a knee injury in October, sent an exquisite skimmed pass that was collected by Olivier Giroud, who dispatched it with a chip over the on-rushing Villa keeper Brad Guzan.

Ozil was playing with dazzling form.

The roles were reversed after the break when Ozil scored in the 56th minute and Theo Walcott added a third in the 63rd minute. Walcott's goal was an impressive finessed finish to the bottom left hand of the keeper which added to the goal he scored against Brighton in the FA Cup.

Spain international Santi Cazorla, capped off another fine display with a penalty 15 minutes from time. The penalty was fired straight at Villa's USA international goalkeeper Guzan, who despite a strong hand, was unable to prevent the goal as Arsenal found themselves 4-0 ahead.

Bellerin, 19, who has been working hard to establish himself as the club's number one right-back in the last few weeks, did wonders for his confidence by scoring a neat side-footed finish low to the keeper's right which went in off the post.

This cultured finish, was arguably the pick of the bunch.

The Gunners demonstrated that they are in a good vein of form that has seen them claim the last 19 out of 24 points, and with significant players returning from injury, they are now in an excellent position to push for a top-four place for the 19th consecutive season.

Paul Lambert's side have now gone eight league matches without a win and six without scoring a single goal. Add to that the fact that they have only scored 11 goals all season, which is the worst tally across all of the teams in the Football League. They remain just three points above the relegation zone.