Buoyed by the attacking skill of Chilean Alexis Sanchez and the solid all-round play of defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin, Arsenal showed that it has become one of the most balanced squads in the Premier League.

Coquelin was recalled earlier this season from his loan to second-tier club Charlton Athletic.The London club also got a strong performance from oft-injured English international Theo Walcott, who received a headed pass from Alexis Sanchez and powered a left-footed blast past Irish goalkeeper Shay Given to open the scoring in the 40th minute.

Shortly after half-time, Arsenal stretched its lead to two when Sanchez rocketed a right-footed shot from outside the area that clipped the bottom of the crossbar before slamming into the back of the net.

The Gunners had the match and the title in hand at that point but continued to pour in more goals.In the 62nd minute, German defender Per Mertesacker made the score 3-0 when he headed home a corner kick off the foot of Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla.

French striker Olivier Giroud, who had replaced Walcott in the 76th minute, then tapped home one final goal in injury-time after receiving a pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.Giroud appeared to be offside on the play, but Villa players barely protested the goal, which had no bearing on the outcome.

The Birmingham club, which finished a distant 17th in the 2014-2015 Premier League standings, also missed out on an automatic berth in next season's Europa League competition with Saturday's loss.

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