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Arsenal won at Villa Park to maintain their 100% start in the Women's Super League season.
After a tense first half in which the Gunners failed to penetrate the Villa defense, they scored four goals in the second half.
Kim Little opened scoring with a drilled finish. Substitutes Mana Iwabuchi, Katie McCabe all scored within the final 10 minutes.
Little completed the scoring by adding her second injury time score.
This result ends Villa's unbeaten season start and places Arsenal on top of the WSL with 12 points.
Arsenal held a dominant possession lead in the first half. They should have led the way before the break.
Beth Mead was active on the left wing, and the Gunners were close to scoring when Vivianne Miedema flung the ball wide of her cross.
Little, Arsenal's captain, had many chances. She finally broke the deadlock in the second period. Little showed great skill when she received Lotte Woben-Moy’s threaded pass through Villa defences inside the box.
After failing to score her first attempt, the Scotland international dribbled her second before turning her opponent around and scoring in the bottom right corner for her 150th Arsenal goal.
Villa was unable to hit the target on any of her shots, and she conceded the opening.
Substitute Iwabuchi doubled visitors' lead, scoring against her old club with a first time finish from Tobin Heath’s cross on 80 minutes.
Three minutes later, McCabe scored from 40 yard.
The Republic of Ireland captain was presented with the ball by Hannah Hampton, Villa goalkeeper. Hampton took a touch and then spotted Hampton off her line before launching the ball into the net.
Little added a fourth stoppage time by making a deflected attempt from the box's edge.
Jonas Eidevall, Arsenal manager: "Where do I start with a player such as Kim [Little]?" She's a great player and a glue between all the units. She shot beautifully today, and we talk about how she can do more.
Carla Ward, Aston Villa manager: "There are many parts they can be enormously proud of. They are miles apart. Arsenal deserves credit for their brilliant performances.
"I was disappointed by the goal scoring but I am overall satisfied with what they gave me today. They gave me so much energy today that I don't think they should be beaten by 4-0.