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Game #4606

Aston Villa

Sunday, 5 March 2000

Drew

8th= (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Premier League

Attendance: 36,930

Arsenal

Villa Park

Villa are held at home by Arsenal but extend their unbeaten Premier League run to ten games under a revitalised John Gregory.

Aston Villa

1-1

Arsenal

Assist(s) | Paul Merson | 62โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Richard Walker scored his second goal for Villa to put Villa ahead but Arsenal peg them back to hold them to a fourth draw in ten unbeaten Premier League games, Sunday, 5 March 2000.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 5 March 2000

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal
โšฝ | 62โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Richard Walker, Assist by Paul Merson
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Richard Walker, Sub on, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿฅ… | 84โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Arsenal), Lee Dixon
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Arsenal

ON THIS DAY

Villa draw their second successive League game and drop to 9th position but remain unbeaten in 11 games.

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 ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 1999-00 |
Matchday | #39 |
League Game | #27 |
Manager Game | #96 |
Sunday, 5 March 2000

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 15 Jan 00, Villa 1-1 West Ham (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

None

Arsenal

๐ŸŸจ

Graham Poll

TEAM NEWS

Richard Walker and Ian Taylor replace Benito Carbone and George Boateng.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.48 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 31.98 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.04 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

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

Arsรจne Wenger | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Aston Villa

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Richard Walker | 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 | โšฝ |
CB Martin Keown (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Sylvinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Gilles Grimandi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Patrick Viera | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Ray Parlour | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Emmanuel Petit | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Dennis Bergkamp | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Thierry Henry | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Nwankwo Kanu | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Richard Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 81โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Gilles Grimandi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (RB Oleg Luzhnyi | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Emmanuel Petit | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (LB Nigel Winterburn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | F Dennis Bergkamp | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (W Marc Overmars | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

RB Steve Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M David Curtolo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช |
F Gustavo Bartelt | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Alex Manninger | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |
M Freddie Ljungberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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 : 10/11

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 : 13/16

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 : 4/11

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 : 5/16

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

"While Villa will be disappointed not to have won, the result has extended their unbeaten league run to 10 matches. The clouds of doubt over John Gregoryโ€™s future as manager have now dispersed and, while Villa may struggle to earn a Uefa Cup place through their league position, an FA Cup semi-final against Bolton Wanderers ought to see them at Wembley in May."

*The Guardian*
Monday, 6 March 2000

The chase for a place in the Premiership often wandered wearily off course here yesterday. A 1-1 draw, secured by Lee Dixonโ€™s second goal in four days, restored Arsenal to fourth in the table but the overall performance of Arsรจne Wengerโ€™s team did not suggest a passionate desire to finish in the top three and reach next seasonโ€™s Champions League.

Aston Villa seemed to be heading for the victory their greater urgency deserved when Richard Walker, a 22-year-old striker starting his first Premier League game, nodded them in front just past the hour. It was only then that Arsenal appeared to realise they were not playing in a testimonial match.

While Villa will be disappointed not to have won, the result has extended their unbeaten league run to 10 matches. The clouds of doubt over John Gregoryโ€™s future as manager have now dispersed and, while Villa may struggle to earn a Uefa Cup place through their league position, an FA Cup semi-final against Bolton Wanderers ought to see them at Wembley in May.

Yesterday Gregoryโ€™s team needed half a game to get going. They began by showing Arsenal too much respect, the defence falling back and leaving one of the best passing sides in the Premier League a generous amount of space in which to demonstrate their craft.

After half-time, however, Arsenal were given less time to turn with the ball and found their forward runs blocked. Villa, moreover, showed a greater inclination to push men forward and reach the byline.

Such vapid Premier League displays by Arsenal away from Highbury are becoming a habit. Yesterdayโ€™s performance, a sharp contrast to their 5-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna in the Uefa Cup three days earlier, mirrored the pattern of their 3-2 defeat at Coventry on Boxing Day, when they did not increase the tempo of their game until late on.

None of Wengerโ€™s attacking talents distinguished himself. Dennis Bergkamp, suffering from a knee injury, gave way to Marc Overmars for the second half but the addition of much needed width on Arsenalโ€™s left flank merely brought out the excellence of Mark Delaney, the Villa right wing-back.

In midfield Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit were dominant before half-time but saw their authority eroded by Ian Taylor and Steve Stone. Eventually Petit, having had a spat with Stone before being booked for a foul on Paul Merson two minutes later, was quickly taken off to spare the Frenchman further punishment.

Since Petit offered a one-fingered gesture to the stands as he walked to the bench such a thought may prove optimistic. The Football Association comes down hard on players who indulge in digital monosyllabics.

For an inordinately long time the match had the passion and excitement of a car boot sale. Arsenal saw a lot of the ball but rather less of Aston Villaโ€™s goal since everybody showed reluctance to shoot from close range.

In the first half Villa relied on drawing the opposition forward so they could catch them with quick counter-attacks and, but for the experience and judgment of David Seaman, the plan might have worked. After 15 minutes Stone caught Vieira in possession and sent Julian Joachim scurrying through to meet Seaman one-on-one but the Arsenal goalkeeper flicked the ball away with one hand.

Seven minutes before half-time Walker set up Joachim with a similar chance but again Seaman was equal to the moment. In Joachim, at that point, lay the gameโ€™s principal hope of salvation although Arsenal presented more of a threat once Wenger had abandoned the idea of using Thierry Henry as a lone striker supported by Bergkamp and Nwankwo Kanu.

Once Overmars appeared, Henry joined Kanu up front but by then Villa had found a more impressive attacking momentum. After 63 minutes Merson, whose touches had partly redeemed the depressing spectacle, curled a free- kick into a crowded goalmouth and Walker rose above Martin Keown and Petit to head in off the far post.

Arsenal at last roused themselves and saved the game when Dixon gathered Kanuโ€™s cleverly angled pass and drove the ball low past Peter Enckelman. If Dixon had ever before scored twice in four days he did not mention it.