SANTI CAZORLA was at the double to ease the pressure on under-fire boss Arsene Wenger.
After being put to the sword by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, the Gunners made the perfect start when Cazorla grabbed an early goal.
Wenger was left with a look of disgust on his face as Wojciech Szczesny failed to keep out Andreas Weimann’s second-half equaliser for Aston Villa.
But with the Arsenal faithful fearing another disappointing result, Cazorla popped up to tap home a second and wrap up a welcome three welcome points.
Arsenal took the lead in the sixth minute when Cazorla’s initial shot was cleared straight back to him by Nathan Baker.
The Spaniard set himself again and this time cracked a right-foot effort into the far corner of Brad Guzan’s goal to notch his 10th of the season.
Despite taking an early lead, the hosts did not have it all their own way.
And they were lucky not to be pegged back when Andreas Weimann’s cross picked out Charles N’zogbia, who was denied by a stunning save from Szczesny at his near post.
Having made it to half-time with their lead intact, Arsenal appeared to be on the way to a welcome three points.
But the Gunners threw away another lead when N’Zogbia found Weimann in space to crack a 25-yard effort beyond Szczesny, who arguably should have done better.
Wenger, however, finally had something to smile about five minutes from time.
Jack Wilshere picked out Nacho Monreal with a delicious pass over the top and the full-back crossed Cazorla to finish.