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LONDON---Mesut Ozil scored a goal and created
another in Arsenal s emphatic 5-0 victory over Aston
Villa yesterday as the London club earned its biggest
Premier League win this season.
In the other match, Southampton s surprise bid for
Champions League qualification took a hit with a 1-
0 home loss to Swansea.
Jonjo Shelvey grabbed the winner in the 83rd minute
with a swerving shot from the edge of the area, leaving
Southampton to bemoan its inability to translate dom-
GLASGOW---The first Old Firm derby in nearly
three years was predictably one-sided as Celtic beat
Rangers 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup semifinals
yesterday, exposing the gulf that has formed between
two of world football s biggest rivals.
First-half goals by Leigh Griffiths and Kris Com-
mons were enough for the green side of Glasgow in
the 400th match between Scotland s two biggest
Celtic, the reigning Scottish champion, hardly had
to stretch against a rival that plays in the second tier
as it battles its way back up the league following
demotion to the bottom division in 2012 for financial
Dundee United awaits Celtic in the final after beat-
ing Aberdeen 2-1 in the first semifinal on Saturday.
A usually incendiary fixture appeared to pass off
without major incident at the neutral national stadium,
Hampden Park, although a huge melee involving
players from both teams erupted in injury time after
a late tackle by Celtic captain Scott Brown.
Rangers went out of business in 2012 and a new
team had to be developed, a damaging blow to a club
with a proud heritage and one that had been Scottish
champions a record 54 times. (AP)
Arsenal win big,
inance into goals.
A straight red card for left back Ryan Bertrand for
a lunging tackle on Modou Barrow in the 89th capped
a frustrating day for the hosts at St Mary s.
Southampton started the weekend a surprising third
in the standings but dropped a point behind Manchester
United to fourth, level on points with Arsenal whose
Olivier Giroud put the home side ahead in the eighth
minute after a sublime backheel pass from Ozil sent
the striker through on goal. With only Villa goalkeeper
Brad Guzan to beat, Giroud chipped it over the onrushing
Ozil doubled Arsenal s lead in the 56th, finishing off
a quick counterattack by slotting the ball into the low
right corner in the midfielder s first league start since
returning from injury.
Theo Walcott added a third and his first league goal
of the season after exchanging passes with Santi Cazorla
before firing inside the far post.
The finish was great, but it is all about three points,
Walcott said. Everyone, the whole crowd is buzzing
(and) that happens when a team is at the top.
It was Walcott s first league start since returning
from a knee ligament injury sustained last season
against north London rival Tottenham, which the Gun-
ners face next weekend.
Cazorla converted a penalty after substitute Chuba
Akpom was fouled by Guzan, who got a hand to Cazor-
la s shot and nearly saved it, prompting the goalkeeper
to kick a post after the penalty went in.
Hector Bellerin scored a fifth in added time, side-
footing from just outside the area after Cazorla s slick
pass set up the right back.
The resounding win was even more remarkable
because it was accomplished without star player Alexis
Sanchez, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury.
It leaves the Gunners in fifth place, a point behind
It was the first time Arsenal has won three consecutive
league matches this season.
We have maybe found a better consistency, manager
Arsene Wenger said. Let s show we can win more.
Ozil, who has been criticised by some sections of
the Arsenal support, looked to have benefited the most
from the win. He looked lively and creative, and threw
his shirt to applauding fans in the stands before heading
into the tunnel. (AP)
Ozil, right, gets
away from Aston
Villa's Carles Gil
and Aston Villa
at the Emirates
Arsenal won 5-0.
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