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Game #4545

Aston Villa

Sunday, 13 December 1998

Won

1st (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 39,217

Arsenal

Villa Park

After their unfortunate late defeat to Chelsea, Villa storm back to beat Arsenal and take the outright lead at the top of the Premier League table once again.

Aston Villa

3-2

Arsenal

Assist(s) | Lee Hendrie | 62โ€™ | Alan Thompson | 65โ€™ | 83โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Dion Dublin, scored a brace to drive Villa to victory, Sunday, 13 December 1998.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 13 December 1998

๐Ÿฅ… | 14โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal), Dennis Bergkamp
๐Ÿฅ… | 45โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Arsenal), Dennis Bergkamp
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal
๐Ÿ” | 54โ€™ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Stan Collymore
โšฝ | 62โ€™ Goal, 1-2, Julian Joachim, Assist by Lee Hendrie
โšฝ | 65โ€™ Goal, 2-2, Dion Dublin, Assist by Alan Thompson
โšฝ | 83โ€™ Goal, 3-2, Dion Dublin, Assist by Alan Thompson
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub of, Julian Joachim, Sub on Simon Grayson
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 3-2 Arsenal

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Gareth Southgate
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Alan Wright
๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Alan Thompson

ON THIS DAY

Villa won their first League game in five attempts as they came from 2-0 behind to beat Arsenal and remain top of the Premier League table.

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† ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1997โ€“98

FIXTURE HISTORY

Arsenal

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1998-99 |
Matchday | #22 |
League Game | #17 |
Manager Game | #35 |
Sunday, 13 December 1998

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Steve Lodge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Barnsley, 1987-2001
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 3-2
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Lodge | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Barnsley, 1987-2001
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 3 October 1998, Villa 2-1 Coventry, Highfield Road.
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Arsenal

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Steve Lodge

TEAM NEWS

John Gregory fields a second successive unchanged line up for the first time this season.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 25.49 |

Oldest Player |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 30.55 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 17.81 |

John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

MANAGER

MANAGER

John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Arsรจne Wenger | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Aston Villa

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Steve Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ |
CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

Arsenal

GK David Seaman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Lee Dixon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Steve Bould | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Martin Keown (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Nelson Vivas | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Patrick Viera | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Freddie Ljungberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Ray Parlour | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Dennis Bergkamp | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Marc Overmars | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Nicolas Anelka | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Stan Collymore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 54โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Simon Grayson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Freddie Ljungberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Gilles Grimandi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | M Ray Parlour | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Luis Boa Morte | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Matthew Ghent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Gary Charles | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Alex Manninger | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Matthew Upson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Christopher Wreh | ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท |

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 : 11/11

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 : 16/16

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 : 5/11

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 : 6/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

โ€‹

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"I believe after the week we have had against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal that there are four teams who have the potential to be champions - including us."

John Gregory.

*The Guardian*
Monday, 14 December 1998

*Villa hit back to regain summit*

Maybe Aston Villa are something more than pre-Christmas pretenders. Certainly they are championship material if powers of recovery are anything to go by.

Yesterday a stunning second-half revival restored John Gregoryโ€™s team to the top of the Premiership after a Saturday nightโ€™s absence. Arsenalโ€™s period of travail appeared over when Dennis Bergkamp gave them a 2-0 lead on the stroke of half-time with his second goal of the game, but after Julian Joachim had restored Villaโ€™s interest in the contest Dion Dublin scored twice to bring them a memorable victory in a thoroughly entertaining match.

So now the pressure is back on Manchester United, who now have to beat Chelsea at Old Trafford on Wednesday night to push Aston Villa back into second place. But even if Villa lose the leadership again they know that they have ended more than a few doubts about their ability to stay the pace.

Gregory said: โ€œI believe after the week we have had against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal that there are four teams who have the potential to be champions - including us.โ€

Yesterdayโ€™s victory over the champions and Double winners, and especially the manner in which it was achieved, will have done much to restore confidence among the Villa supporters after only two points had been taken from four games. Aston Villa simply refused to admit that a revived Arsenal side were their superiors; it was a triumph of stubbornness as much as anything.

At the same time Gregoryโ€™s tactical switches in the