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Game #4788

Aston Villa

Sunday, 18 January 2004

Lost

12th (-2)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Arsenal

Attendance: 39,380

Villa Park

Aston Villa

0-2

Arsenal

Assist(s) | None

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa lose successive games but once again are unlucky as they are victims of some questionable refereeing that drops them to twelfth in the table.

KEY MAN

Villa challenge a 'curious' refereeing performance from Mark Halsey that gifts Arsenal the win and consigns David O'Leary's side to successive Premier League defeats, Sunday, 18 January 2004.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 18 January 2004

๐Ÿฅ… | 29โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal), Thierry Henry
๐ŸŸจ | 29โ€™ Booking, Mark Delaney
๐ŸŸจ | 34โ€™ Booking, Olof Mellberg
๐ŸŸจ | 45โ€™ Booking, Peter Whittingham
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal
๐Ÿฅ… | 53โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Arsenal, pen), Thierry Henry
๐ŸŸจ | 59โ€™ Booking, Gareth Barry
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Marcus Allbรคck, Sub on, Peter Crouch
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Lee Hendrie, Sub on, Ulises de la Cruz
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Gareth Barry, Sub on, Liam Ridgewell
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal

ON THIS DAY

Villa lose a second successive game but coming up against title chasing Arsenal, the Gunners needed all the luck in the world to overcome a very different Villa outfit than they had faced earlier in the season. Villa though were pointless for the second successive game and fell back to 12th 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†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: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2003-04 |
Matchday | #27 |
League Game | #22 |
Manager Game | #27 |
Sunday, 18 January 2004

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: David Oโ€™Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Stoke Newington, 2003-2006
Referee: Mark Halsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013
Kick off: 2.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 27 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 11 ๐ŸŸจ | 6 ๐ŸŸฅ 10 | 1.44

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mark Halsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1996-2013 ๐Ÿ†˜
Matches Officiated: 14
๐ŸŸฉ : 5
๐ŸŸจ : 4
๐ŸŸฅ : 5
๐Ÿ†˜ : 4
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 29 Oct 03, Villa 1-0 Leicester (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Arsenal

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Ronny Johnsen, Marcus Allbรคck (first start in 8) and Thomas Hitzlsperger (first start in 8) replace Gavin McCann, Darius Vassell and Dion Dublin.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.24 |

Oldest Player |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 34.63 |

Youngest Player |
W Peter Whittingham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.37 |

MANAGER

David O'Leary | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

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Aston Villa

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

MANAGER

Arsรจne Wenger | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

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Arsenal

GK Lens Lehmann | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Ashley Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Pascal Cygan | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Sol Campbell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Laurรฉn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M Patrick Viera | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Freddie Ljungberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gilberto Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Robert Pirรฉs | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Nwankwo Kanu | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Thierry Henry | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ | โšฝ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” CF Peter Crouch | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Marcus Allbรคck | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 86โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” RB Ulises de la Cruz | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | for M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | M Freddie Ljungberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | (M Ray Parlour | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Robert Pirรฉs | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Edรบ Gaspar | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Nwankwo Kanu | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (CB Kolo Tourรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |)

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Stefan Postma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Graham Stack | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Martin Keown (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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SQUAD STATS

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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

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SQUAD STATS

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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

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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 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

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œYou could say we were hard done by. The ref (Mark Halsey) told my players to give Arsenal 10 yards and theyโ€™ve gone back. โ€œHe was on the ball and then gets out of way and letโ€™s Henry take it. It was a joke decision in my opinion.โ€ โ€œWe did what the ref said and were waiting for a whistle after that. โ€œMy players said he told them to move back and they waited for the whistle. โ€œNo chance that it was a penalty. โ€œThey Arsenal know it themselves. โ€œAt least itโ€™s out there and everyone has seen it. It wasnโ€™t a penalty - end of story. โ€œThe result hinged on two decisions. They are quality players but there was nothing in the game but those calls. โ€œWe can take a lot from this into our Carling Cup semi-final against Bolton. We gave a good account of ourselves.โ€ David Oโ€™Leary. --- โ€œWith the free-kick given to Arsenal outside the box for a foul on Patrick Vieira I gave the option to Thierry Henry โ€˜do you want to take it quickly or do you want the wall 10 yardsโ€™? โ€œHis reply was โ€˜a quick free-kickโ€™. I stood back and made a quick signal for him to go on and take it - I didnโ€™t say to the Aston Villa players โ€˜move back 10 yardsโ€™. โ€œI can understand their frustration at conceding a goal that way - but Iโ€™m under no obligation to inform the Aston Villa players that Henry was going to take a quick free-kick. โ€œI also gave the option of a quick free-kick to Juan Pablo Angel and he said he wanted 10 yards - so in that case you say โ€˜wait for the whistle and Iโ€™ll get them back 10 yardsโ€™. โ€œYou are under no obligation to give a whistle for any free-kick.โ€ Referee Mark Halsey

MATCH REPORT