Cazorla saves embattled Arsenal with two goals to beat Aston Villa
LONDON (AP) — Santi Cazorla banished some of the gloom at Arsenal on Saturday, netting a double to clinch a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa and keep his team in touch with the Champions League places.
Arsenal's third successive league win came after a week of setbacks in cup competitions that saw the Gunners exit the FA Cup against second-tier club Blackburn and lose the first leg of its last-16 Champions League match against Bayern Munich 3-1.
In the bid to return to Europe's elite knockout competition next season, Arsenal is now a point behind fourth-place Tottenham ahead of its north London rival's match at West Ham on Monday.
Cazorla put Arsenal ahead after just six minutes, and again in the 85th after Andreas Weimann equalized for relegation-threatened Villa.