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Game #4488

Sunday, 26 October 1997

Attendance: 38,061

Drew

Premier League

13th= (-2)

Arsenal

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Highbury

Villa record another creditable goalless draw as they hold Arsenal at Highbury but it is now one win in five Premier League games and thirteenth place in the table.

Arsenal

0-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Riccardo Scimeca, outstanding

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸฅ | 83โ€™ Sending off, (Arsenal), Emmanuel Petit
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Gareth Southgate

ON THIS DAY

After their recent league difficulties Villa secure a creditable draw at Highbury.

Former Villa midfielder David Platt entered the fray as a 67โ€™ substitute for Arsenal.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Arsenal

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1993โ€“94

FIXTURE HISTORY

Arsenal

Previous 5 vs. Arsenal: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1997-98 |
Matchday | #16 |
League Game | #12 |
Manager Game | #142 |
Sunday, 26 October 1997

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Peterlee, 1994-1998
Referee: Paul Durkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Dorset, 1987-2004
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Durkin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Dorset, 1987-2004
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 22 January 1997, FA Cup, Villa 3-0 Notts County, Villa Park.
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Arsenal

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Paul Durkin

TEAM NEWS

Ugo Ehiogu is recalled as Ian Taylor makes way with Stan Collymore, Savo Miloลกeviฤ‡ and Steve Staunton replaced by Gary Charles, Simon Grayson and Julian Joachim. Lee Hendrie makes his first squad appearance of the season.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.81 |

Oldest Player
FB Simon Grayson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 27.88 |

Youngest Player
CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.37 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Brian Little | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Arsรจne Wenger | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bosnich | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Simon Grayson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Fernando Nรฉlson | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
RB Gary Charles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Riccardo Scimeca | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mark Draper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dwight Yorke | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Arsenal

GK David Seaman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Lee Dixon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Nigel Winterburn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Steve Bould | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Tony Adams | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Patrick Viera | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Ray Parlour | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Emmanuel Petit | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸฅ |
W Luis Boa Morte | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
F Dennis Bergkamp | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Ian Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SUBSTITUTES

No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Ray Parlour | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M David Platt (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Luis Boa Morte | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | (CF Nicolas Anelka | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB David Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Saลกa ฤ†urฤiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Scott Murray | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Alex Manninger | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Gilles Grimandi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Stephen Hughes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11

Squad:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"Arsenal's patent frustration at their inability to overcome such obdurate opponents, for whom Simon Grayson and Riccardo Scimeca were outstanding."

*The Irish Independent*
Monday, 27 October 1997

ARSENE Wenger left Highbury yesterday clutching the match-tape. Although not a video nasty, it contains scenes that must concern Arsenal's thoughtful manager. Three players were booked and one dismissed during the clash with Villa and the stalemate ensured Arsenal stayed behind Manchester United.

The Gunners' bouts of indiscipline may yet keep them there. Wenger said he would watch the video from the start but his finger will be twitching over the fast-forward button.

Eighty three minutes into an absorbing if error-strewn Premiership match. Emmanuel Petit was sent off by referee Paul Durkin for laying his hands on the Portland official.

Even before viewing the tape, a clearly upset Wenger said Arsenal would appeal. It was a curious incident. one rooted in Arsenal's patent frustration at their inability to overcome such obdurate opponents, for whom Simon Grayson and Riccardo Scimeca were outstanding.

Arsenal's displeasure boiled over when they thought Ugo Ehiogu had handled in the box. Durkin waved play on and the ball went dead only when Steve Bould flattened Dwight Yorke.

In the first half, Julian Joachim and Yorke knocked Bould over in their determination. Such was the visitors' workrate, the mood embodied by the spine of Scimeca, Grayson and Joachim, that Arsenal's threat stemmed mainly from set-pieces.

From one of Petit's expert corners, a stooping Patrick Vieira thought he had scored but Durkin rightly observed a hand. Petit chose the opportunity to air his views and as Durkin ran towards him, the Frenchman put up two hands. To some, it appeared more ref to hand than hand to ref but attempts to touch an official is a straightforward dismissal, although some other referees might have shown more leniency.

After 20 minutes, Arsenal pieced together their one real fluid move of the half. Nigel Winterburn executed a lenghty one-two with Luis Boa Morte before crossing from the left. The ball arrowed towards lan Wright, whose forceful volley cannoned into Scimeca.

"Emmanuel is very down," Wenger said. "He knows he will miss three important games. He didn't rush to the referee and push him. He just wanted to tell the referee that maybe it was a hand by Ehiogu. I think we will appeal."

Arsenal then returned to their dead-ball routines. Another Petit corner brought a misdirected header from Vieira, who then crashed a volley onto the bar.

Wenger is becoming well versed in defending his players, who have accumulated 34 yellow and two red cards this season. It is a particular frustration to Arsenal's many legions of admirers, who have warmed to the classy footbal so often on show at Highbury.

Yesterday, with Bergkamp perhaps distracted by his own pending suspension, Arsenal were disappointing. They had to work hard to match the commitment of a Villa side missing Collymore, Milosevic, and Staunton.

Arsenal were attacking a Clock End containing Paul Gascoigne. sitting in the Subbuteo box. This was a treat for his son rather than any suggestion that he might have been watching Villa.

"I've just signed a new contract with Rangers and things are going well there now," he said.

He will have admired the effort put in by Villa. who appeared stronger at defending open-play moves rather than set-pieces.