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Game #4706

Sunday, 17 March 2002

Attendance: 41,520

Lost

Premier League

8th (-1)

Arsenal

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Villa Park

Villa lose successive games under Graham Taylor to leave them with one win in seven Premier League games since John Gregory's departure as they fall back to eighth in the table,

Aston Villa

1-2

Arsenal

Assist(s) | Mustapha Hadji | 69โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Gareth Barry, penalty saved

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 15โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal), Edรบ Gaspar
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Hassan Kachloul, Sub on Dion Dublin
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Darius Vassell, Sub on, Mustapha Hadji
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 55โ€™ Missed Penalty, Gareth Barry
๐Ÿฅ… | 61โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Arsenal), Robert Pirรฉs
โšฝ | 69โ€™ Goal, 1-2, Dion Dublin, Assist by Mustapha Hadji
๐ŸŸจ | 69โ€™ Booking, George Boateng
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Paul Merson, Sub on, Lee Hendrie
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal

ON THIS DAY

Villa lose consecutive games and now have 3 defeats in five games under Graham Taylor as they fall back to 8th in the table.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
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: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2001-02 |
Matchday | #41 |
League Game | #30 |
Manager Game | #5 |
Sunday, 17 March 2002

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Worksop, 2002-2003
Referee: Steve Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bristol, 1992-2006
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Steve Dunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Bristol, 1992-2006
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 24 September 2001, Villa 3-1 Southampton, Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium ๐Ÿ†˜
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Arsenal

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Steve Dunn

TEAM NEWS

Paul Merson and Hassan Kachloul (first start in 10) replace Juan Pablo รngel and Mustapha Hadji.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.85 |

Oldest Player |
GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 38.35 |

Youngest Player |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | 19.96 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Graham Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Arsรจne Wenger | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Aston Villa

GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Steve Staunton | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Hassan Kachloul | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M George Boateng | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Arsenal

GK David Seaman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Laurรฉn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
RB Oleg Luzhnyi | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Igors Stepanovs | ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Sol Campbell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Patrick Viera | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Edรบ Gaspar | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
M Freddie Ljungberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Robert Pirรฉs | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
CF Sylvain Wiltord | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Dennis Bergkamp | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | for M Hassan Kachloul | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Mustapha Hadji | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | for CF Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Paul Merson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 80โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Igors Stepanovs | ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป | (RB Lee Dixon | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Freddie Ljungberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Gilles Grimandi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Dennis Bergkamp | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | (CF Nwankwo Kanu | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Peter Enckelman | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
M Steve Stone | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Richard Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Efstathios Tavlaridis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡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 : 5/11
Homegrown: 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 : 8/16
Homegrown: 5/16

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 : 2/11

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 : 4/16

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

"We didn't really get playing until the second half.

โ€œWe deserved to get something out of the game.โ€

Graham Taylor.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 17 March, 2002

*Arsenal see off Villa*

Arsenal moved into second place in the Premier League with a tense victory over Aston Villa.

The match turned on Gareth Barryโ€™s 55th minute penalty, which David Seaman brilliantly saved.

Arsenal were defending a slim 1-0 lead following Eduโ€™s first-half goal - and five minutes after the penalty miss Robert Pires scored a superb goal to take the match beyond Villa.

Substitute Dion Dublin scored after 69 minutes to give Graham Taylorโ€™s team hope of salvaging a positive result.

But despite his teamโ€™s valiant efforts to score an equaliser, Arsenal held on to collect a valuable three points as they challenge Manchester United for the Premier League top spot.

Patrick Vieira should have opened the scoring in the seventh minute.

The midfielder was completely unmarked as he met Dennis Bergkampโ€™s curling free-kick, but the Frenchman headed wide from six yards.

Arsenal did take the lead after 15 minutes.

Peter Schmeichel could only parry Sylvain Wiltordโ€™s free-kick and Vieira - reacting first - shot goalwards from short range.

Villaโ€™s Danish goalkeeper again smothered the shot but the ball broke to Edu, who slotted home for his first Premier League goal.

The home team felt aggrieved with the award of the free-kick, which was awarded for a supposedly high challenge by Hassan Kachloul on Edu.

Villa almost immediately restored parity but David Seaman saved Darius Vassellโ€™s shot from an acute angle.

The home team forced several corners as they pushed for an equaliser but failed to trouble Seaman throughout the remainder of the half.

Villa should have equalised after 55 minutes, but Gareth Barryโ€™s penalty was amazingly saved by Seaman.

Television replays showed referee Steve Dunn had correctly awarded the spot kick for a trip on Barry by second-half substitute Lee Dixon.

But Seaman - diving to his right - made a brilliant one-handed save to preserve Arsenalโ€™s lead in front of England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who watched the game from the stands.

Barryโ€™s failure to score was further punished by Pires, who scored an amazing goal five minutes later.

Pires latched onto a sweeping left-to-right pass, flicked the ball past George Boateng - completely taking the Dutchman out of the equation in the process - and lobbed it over Schmeichel from 14 yards.

Villa forced their way back into the game with a goal created and scored by the two players manager Graham Taylor introduced at the start of the second half.

Dublin headed Mustapha Hadjiโ€™s cross past Seaman after 69 minutes to set-up an exciting conclusion to the game.