Ozil, Podolski & more: Twitter reacts as Arsenal beat Aston Villa

Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski both tweet their thoughts after Arsenal secure a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski Photo: Instagram/Lukas Podolski

Jack Wilshere scored his third goal of the season as Arsenal were 2-1 winners against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

The 22-year-old made the breakthrough in the 34th minute before Olivier Giroud doubled the north London side’s lead moments later, whilst Christian Benteke netted a 77th-minute strike to ensure a nervy finish.

Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order to Monday night’s action.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour ‏(@RealRomfordPele) gives his thoughts on the opening half hour: “Lots of possession. Villa defending very deep! #afc #avfc…”

Before celebrating two great moments of individual skill: “Great goal from Wilshire 1-0 to the Gooners. Get in. Ha 2 0 Giroud. Fantastic finish. We are top of the league.”

Injured Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) celebrates the two quick-fire goals: “Great goals by Jack and Giroud, get in there!!!!”

Tottenham legend Gary Lineker ‏(@GaryLineker) is a huge Wilshere fan: “He’s a delightful footballer is @JackWilshere. Sublime finish followed by a terrific pass for Giroud.”

Striker Dexter Blackstock ‏(@dexblackstock23) feels Arsenal’s French striker deserves more respect: “Giroud don’t get the respect he deserves!!!”

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier ‏(@mattletiss7) may have missed his calling; management: “Great decision to have Giroud and Wilshere in my fantasy team this week #goalsgalore

Celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan (‏@piersmorgan) isn’t satisfied with Arsene Wenger’s options up front: “I’ll say it again, we need another world class striker…but I can never fault @_OlivierGiroud_ ‘s work-rate and desire. Great heart.”

Lineker ‏(@GaryLineker) is amused by Wenger’s half-time struggles with his coat: “Never mind a new contract, if Arsenal do go on to win the league the club should reward Wenger with a new coat.”

Republic of Ireland defender Sean St Ledger ‏(@seanstledger12) praises Arsenal’s unsung hero Mathieu Flamini: “Flamini has been brilliant tonight. Broke so many attacks up, filled in for other players at the right time.”

Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara ‏(@chris_kammy) is enjoying the games as a neutral: “Benteke with a stooping header to give us a grandstand finish.”

Everton legend Peter Reid ‏(@reid6peter) would appear to have had his money on both teams to score: “Benteke great header, cash done.”

Andros Townsend’s father Troy Townsend ‏(@Towno10) can’t believe the Villa striker’s miss moments later: “Oh, Benteke that’s the equaliser right there.”

Arsenal legend Ian Wright (@IanWright0) is a happy chappy: “Great win, had to win, and did. COYG.”

Gunners forward Lukas Podolski (‏@Podolski10) is happy to be back on top of the league: “Back on the top again #afc #backonthetop #COYG #poldi #aha”

Arsenal forward Alex Ox-Chamberlain ‏(@Alex_OxChambo) is thrilled to return from injury: “Nice to get back on the pitch tonight, especially with a good 3 points. Had to dig deep second half, but we managed to see the game out #AFC”

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) is happy for the win – as well as for his former Real Madrid colleague and Ballon d’Or 2013 winner: “2:1 – an important win for us and in Monaco a triumph for my friend cristiano. Congrats. #cristiano #ronaldo”

Finally, Per Mertesacker celebrates three points on his 100th Gunners appearance on Facebook: “100th Arsenal game tonight for me … Tough second half, but happy about the 3 points for the jubilee.”

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