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Game #4764

Aston Villa

Wednesday, 27 August 2003

Lost

17th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Attendance: 38,010

Arsenal

Highbury

Villa are beaten at an acrimonious Highbury to leave David O'Leary without a win and two defeats in his first three games as Villa boss.

Arsenal

2-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Olof Mellberg gets some unwanted attention as Villa lose for the second time in three winless Premier League games under new boss David O'Leary, Wednesday, 27 August 2003.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Wednesday, 27 August 2003

๐ŸŸจ | 16โ€™ Booking, Lee Hendrie
๐ŸŸจ | 18โ€™ Booking, Mark Delaney
๐ŸŸจ | 37โ€™ Booking, Juan Pablo รngel
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 57โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal), Sol Campbell
๐Ÿ” | 60โ€™ Sub off, Mark Kinsella, Sub on, Darius Vassell
๐ŸŸจ | 71โ€™ Booking, Peter Whittingham
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™+3 Goal, 0-2, (Arsenal), Thierry Henry
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa start the season without a win in three games and remain 17th in the table but they had played an ebullient promoted side and two potential title contenders in their first matches with the jury still out.

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†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2001-02

FIXTURE HISTORY

Arsenal

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2003-04 |
Matchday | #3 |
League Game | #3 |
Manager Game | #3 |
Wednesday, 27 August 2003

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 3 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 0 ๐ŸŸจ | 1 ๐ŸŸฅ 2 | 0.33

Career Form:

Relegation

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wirral, 1997-2022
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 12 Apr 03, Villa 2-2 West Ham (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mike Dean

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Arsenal

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Ulises de la Cruz and Mark Kinsella come in for their first starts of the season in place of Darius Vassell and Gavin McCann whilst Hassan Kachloul appears in the squad for the first time since July 2002 after his ostracism under previous boss Graham Taylor.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.63 |

Oldest Player |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 34.24 |

Youngest Player |
W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 18.98 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

Arsรจne Wenger | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
RB Mark Delaney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Mark Kinsella | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐ŸŸจ |

Arsenal

GK Lens Lehmann | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Ashley Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Sol Campbell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CB Kolo Tourรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Laurรฉn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M Patrick Viera | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Freddie Ljungberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿคก | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gilberto Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Robert Pirรฉs | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Thierry Henry | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |(โšฝ |
F Sylvain Wiltord | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Mark Kinsella | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 60โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Freddie Ljungberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Ray Parlour | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | F Sylvain Wiltord | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (F Dennis Bergkamp | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Alpay ร–zalan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Thomas Hitzlsperger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Hassan Kachloul | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Martin Keown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Edรบ Gaspar | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡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 : 6/16
Homegrown: 6/16

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 : 5/16

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:

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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

โ€œRobert Pires and Thierry Henry were trying to wind me up with their talk throughout the game.

โ€œThere was an incident just before the interval but I didnโ€™t get drawn into it at half-time, I simply made my way into the tunnel and left them to it.โ€

Olof Mellberg.

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โ€œI know nothing about it.โ€

David Oโ€™Leary.

*BBC Sport*
Wednesday, 27 August 2003

Arsenal kept up their 100% record in the Premiership this season with a hard-fought victory over Aston Villa.

The Gunners were never at their rampant best against David Oโ€™Learyโ€™s spirited side.

But Sol Campbell popped up to head home 10 minutes after the interval and Thierry Henry scored from a tight angle in injury time to earn Arsene Wengerโ€™s side all three points.

Arsenal started the match as they left off against Middlesbrough on Sunday and could have been three goals ahead after 15 minutes.

A devastating counter-attack ended with Thomas Sorensen saving Henryโ€™s shot.

Henry then fired wide of the upright after sprinting clear of the Villa rearguard before Freddie Ljungbergโ€™s chip crashed back off the crossbar after more good work from Henry.

Villa, who brought in Mark Kinsella for Darius Vassell as their only change from Sundayโ€™s game against Liverpool, began to deny the home side the possession they enjoyed early on.

They also created a couple of good chances before the interval.

Juan Pablo Angel, playing as the visitorsโ€™ lone frontman, set up Lee Hendrie, whose 30-yard shot was saved by Jens Lehmann.

Angel then poked the ball roll agonisingly wide after running onto Jay-Lloyd Samuelโ€™s through ball.

Arsenal finally broke the deadlock when Campbell headed home from a Pires corner on 57 minutes.

Kinsella was replaced by Vassell as Villa they strove for an equaliser - but it was Angel who blasted a shot wide as they proved their intent to bag a point.

Villa continued to have the better of the game but were reduced to long-range efforts.

Then Henry, who had been subdued for much of the evening after an exciting start, wrapped up the points three minutes into stoppage time when he curled home from 18 yards after being set up by substitute Dennis Bergkamp.

Robert Pires and Olof Mellberg could be in hot water after clashing during Arsenalโ€™s 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Highbury on Wednesday.

Although the incident did not appear that serious, the Football Association will have to await the reports from the match officials before deciding whether to launch an investigation.

Neither Arsene Wenger nor David Oโ€™Leary witnessed the brief flare-up, which erupted after Pires went sprawling following the faintest of touches from Mellberg just before the interval.

Mellberg voiced his dissatisfaction to the French international and the verbal exchange continued after the half-time whistle went, with Villa assistant coach Roy Aitken and Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira also involved.

Stewards and police officers also moved in and the incident was over almost as soon as it had begun.

โ€œRobert Pires and Thierry Henry were trying to wind me up with their talk throughout the game,โ€ said Mellberg.

โ€œThere was an incident just before the interval but I didnโ€™t get drawn into it at half-time, I simply made my way into the tunnel and left them to it.โ€

Pires added: โ€œIt was a dangerous challenge and, letโ€™s put it this way, I didnโ€™t shake his hand afterwards, but itโ€™s forgotten.โ€

Oโ€™Leary adopted a Wenger-like stance when asked about the incident, insisting: โ€œI know nothing about it.โ€

Wenger added: โ€œI didnโ€™t see anything, thatโ€™s the first time Iโ€™ve been asked about it.

โ€œYou must speak to the police. I went down the tunnel first as I hadnโ€™t seen anything on the pitch to make me wait there.โ€

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