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Sunday European Rewind: Arsenal thrashes Villa; Sevilla strikes late for win; and more

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates scoring his goal to make the score 2-1 with team mates

By ADAM TROXTELL

The gap in form and confidence between Arsenal and Aston Villa was easy to see on Sunday.

Arsenal controlled the game from start to finish in a 5-0 win against the struggling Villans in London. The Gunners stormed to a fifth straight win in all competitions, while Aston Villa has now failed to score in six league games and failed to win in eight.

American goalkeeper Brad Guzan was often just a spectator in the Villa goal. In the eighth minute, Mesut Ozil’s neat flick sent Olivier Giroud one-on-one with Guzan, and the Frenchman finished with a simple chip for the early lead.

The flood gates opened in the second half, with Giroud turning provider for Ozil’s goal in the 56th minute. Theo Walcott made it three just eight minutes later before a Santi Cazorla penalty kick had the Gunners cruising back into fifth place in the Premier League.

Spanish teenager Hector Bellerin saved the best for last. Cazorla set-up the young right back for a tidy shot that glanced inside the far post. Arsenal scored on five of their eight shots on goal.

In La Liga play, Sevilla benefitted from a late Iago Aspas strike to beat Espanyol. There was also another win for a streaking Torino in Italy.

Here is a full recap of all the action from Europe’s top leagues (after the jump):

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski did his old club a favor in Swansea’s 1-0 win against Southampton.

The Polish keeper held up under six shots on target in a smash-and-grab win for the Welsh club. Jonjo Shelvey had Swansea’s only shot on goal, but he made it count in the 83rd minute to keep things tight in the race for European spots.

After sustaining a barrage from the Saints, Swansea began to venture forward in the last 15 minutes. Shelvey picked up the ball just inside the attacking third before unleashing a dipping shot that gave Southampton keeper Fraser Forester no chance.

It’s the first defeat for Southampton in seven league matches and leaves them in fourth place, one-point behind Manchester United and even on points with Arsenal.

SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISION

Iago Aspas is an instant Sevilla favorite.

He scored the winning goal on his debut in a 3-2 victory against Espanyol. It was the second time Sevilla had to take a lead back against a 10-man Espanyol team that refused to quit.

Cristian Stuani gave Espanyol the lead with a converted penalty kick in the 16th minute. It didn’t last for long, however, as Diogo Figueiras equalized for Sevilla before a Vitolo strike put the home team 2-1 up at halftime.

When Kiko Casilla was shown a straight red card for Espanyol in the 40th minute, it looked like Sevilla might ease to a win. The drama was turned back up when Victor Sanchez unleashed a curling effort into the top right corner to level things once again.

Carlos Bacca became goal provider for Sevilla when he found Aspas just inside the penalty area for a far-post finish with two minutes remaining. The late winner puts Sevilla into fourth place, two points ahead of Valencia.

Here is a look at some other results from Spain:

Levante 0, Athletic Bilbao 2

Almeria 1, Getafe 0

Sevilla 3, Espanyol 2

Barcelona 3, Villareal 2

ITALIAN SERIE A

Torino went from relegation candidates to midtable safety in a matter of weeks.

They assured that in style with a 5-1 thumping of fifth place Sampdoria on Sunday for a third straight win. Fabio Quagliarella scored a hat trick in the surprisingly one-sided result that takes Torino to eight league games without a loss.

Quagliarella scored three in 65 minutes before Amauri made it 4-0 Torino in the 75th minute. Pedro Mba Obiang scored Sampdoria’s only goal with 13 minutes remaining.

In contrast to Torino’s rout, Turin neighbors Juventus had a tougher time scoring in a 0-0 draw with Udinese. Six shots on target were not enough for the Serie A leaders, though they still lead Roma in second by seven points.

Here are all the scores from Italy:

Sassuolo 3, Inter Milan 1

Atalanta 2, Cagliari 1

Cesena 2, Lazio 1

Chievo Verona 1, Napoli 2

Palermo 2, Hellas Verona 1

Torino 5, Sampdoria 1

Udinese 0, Juventus 0

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Former Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo scored twice to give Werder Bremen a vital 2-0 win against Hertha Berlin.

Bremen climbed three points clear of the relegation zone thanks to the win, leaving fellow strugglers Hertha just one-point from safety. Di Santo scored either side of halftime for goals seven and eight of his Bundesliga campaign.

Elsewhere, Augsburg stayed firmly in the race for European spots with a 3-1 win against Hoffenheim.

FRENCH LIGUE 1

Saint Etienne fell farther behind PSG in the race for a Champions League spot in a surprise 1-0 loss to Caen.

Julien Feret scored his third goal of the season to lift Caen out of the relegation zone by just a point. Elsewhere, Guingamp and Bordeaux played out a 1-1 draw in a mid-table battle.

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