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Game #4691

Aston Villa

Lost

7th (-1)

Sunday, 9 December 2001

Last 5: 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟥

Premier League

Arsenal

Highbury

Attendance: 38,074

Arsenal

3-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Dion Dublin | 21' |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa lose from being two goals to the good at half time as they are beaten by title chasing Arsenal to extend their winless Premier League run to six games and three defeats as they gall to 7th in the table.

KEY MAN

Paul Merson, opener

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 9 December 2001

⚽ | 21’ Goal, 1-0, Paul Merson, Assist by Dion Dublin
⚽ | 34’ Goal, 2-0, Steve Stone
🕒 | HT Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa
🥅 | 46’ Goal, 2-1, (Arsenal), Sylvain Wiltord
🥅 | 72’ Goal, 2-2, (Arsenal), Thierry Henry
🔁 | 78’ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Darius Vassell
🥅 | 90’+ Goal, 2-3, (Arsenal), Thierry Henry
🕒 | FT Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa's wretched form continued as, despite being two goals to the good at half time, they conceded an injury time goal for the second successive game and record their sixth League game without a win.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Arsenal

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1997–98

FIXTURE HISTORY

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Season | 2001-02 |
Matchday | #26 |
League Game | #16 |
Manager Game | #182 |
Sunday, 9 December 2001

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Alan Wiley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Staffordshire, 1995-2010
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 2-0
FT Score: 🟥 2-3
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 181 | 🟩 | 80 🟨 | 48 🟥 53 | 1.59

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Alan Wiley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Staffordshire, 1995-2010
Matches Officiated: 2
🟩 : 0
🟨 : 0
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 0
Previous 5: 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 24 February 2001, Villa 0-1 Derby, Pride Park.
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

None

Arsenal

🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨

TEAM NEWS

Jlloyd Samuel replaces Mark Delaney.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.39 |

Oldest Player |
M Paul Merson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 33.75 |

Youngest Player |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 20.71 |

MANAGER

John Gregory | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Peter Enckelman | 🇫🇮 |
LB Steve Staunton | 🇮🇪 |
LB Alan Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Olof Mellberg | 🇸🇪 |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M George Boateng | 🇳🇱 |
M Paul Merson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Steve Stone | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
M Lee Hendrie | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Dion Dublin | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |

MANAGER

Arsène Wenger | 🇫🇷 |

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Arsenal

GK Steven Taylor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
LB Ashley Cole | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Matthew Upson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CB Sol Campbell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Laurén | 🇨🇲 | 🟨 |
M Patrick Viera | 🇫🇷 | 🟨 |
W Robert Pirés | 🇫🇷 |
M Freddie Ljungberg | 🇸🇪 | 🔁 |
M Ray Parlour | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Thierry Henry | 🇫🇷 | ⚽ | 🟨 | ⚽ |
F Dennis Bergkamp | 🇳🇱 | 🟨 | 🔁 |

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STARTING XI

SUBSTITUTES

Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

UNUSED

Player

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 CF Darius Vassell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 78’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | CB Matthew Upson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (CB Martin Keown (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |)
🔁 | M Freddie Ljungberg | 🇸🇪 | (F Sylvain Wiltord | 🇫🇷 | (⚽))
🔁 | F Dennis Bergkamp | 🇳🇱 | (CF Nwankwo Kanu | 🇳🇬 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Boaz Myhill | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
RB Jonathan Bewers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W David Ginola | 🇫🇷 |
CF Juan Pablo Ángel | 🇨🇴 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Graham Stack | 🇮🇪 |
M Gilles Grimandi | 🇫🇷 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/11
Homegrown: 3/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/16
Homegrown: 6/16

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 5/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/16

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Not recorded

UNAVAILABLE

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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 Half


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:

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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Not recorded

MATCH QUOTES

"The Gunners found themselves 2-0 down at half time after Villa had put on a classic counter-attacking performance."

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 9 December, 2001

Arsenal produced a stunning second-half comeback to beat Aston Villa at Highbury. French striker Thierry Henry was again the inspiration for the Gunners, scoring two predatory goals. The result puts Arsene Wenger’s side just three points behind Premiership leaders Liverpool. But Wenger indicated afterwards that he still believed Manchester United, along with other sides, could mount a challenge. The Gunners found themselves 2-0 down at half time after Villa had put on a classic counter-attacking performance. Prompted by the busy Lee Hendrie, Villa looked in control following goals from Paul Merson and Steve Stone. But Arsenal were sensational after the interval and piled forward relentlessly. Wiltord pulled a goal back with a sharp volley early on before Henry struck his two goals. Wenger made only one change from the Arsenal side that had beaten Juventus so impressively in midweek, with Dennis Bergkamp coming in for Kanu. Villa boss John Gregory fielded the veteran strikeforce of Merson and Dion Dublin. The pair were impressive and combined for Villa’s opening goal. Villa keeper Peter Enckelman, continuing in goal in the absence of the injured Peter Schmeichel, made an excellent save from Ashley Cole and then launched a huge kick upfield. Dublin headed on and Merson deftly lifted the ball over Arsenal keeper Stuart Taylor from nine yards. Arsenal’s efforts were being frustrated by Villa’s solid defence, expertly marshalled by veteran Steve Staunton. Villa went further ahead in the 34th minute. Lauren sent a header into his own area instead of clearing and Stone capitalised by driving the ball low past Taylor. Wenger sent on Wiltord for Ljungberg at half-time and played with a three-pronged strikeforce. He also replaced Matthew Upson, who had struggled against Dublin, with Martin Keown. The changes worked almost immediately, with Wiltord showing great reactions to volley a Parlour cross home with his left foot. Villa were now struggling to contain the Gunners. With 20 minutes to go, Patrick Vieira dispossess J Lloyd Samuel and crossed to Henry, who controlled before slotting past Enckelman from 10 yards. Then, in the last minute, Henry was played through by Pires and drew Villa’s keeper before sliding the ball wide of him.

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