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Game #4893

Aston Villa

Saturday, 19 August 2006



Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Premier League

Attendance: 60,023


Emirates Stadium

Villa open the season with a performance as far removed from the past four seasons as could be imagined as Martin O'Neill takes charge for the first time.



Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Steven Davis | 53โ€™ |


Villa celebrate Olof Mellberg scoring the first goal of the season, first goal under Martin O'Neill and the first goal at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, Saturday, 19 August 2006.




Saturday, 19 August 2006

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 53โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Olof Mellberg, Assist by Steven Davis
๐Ÿ” | 83โ€™ Sub off, Steven Davis, Sub on, Lee Hendrie ๐Ÿ”ด
๐Ÿฅ… | 84โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Arsenal), Gilberto Silva
๐ŸŸจ | 85โ€™ Booking, Lee Hendrie
๐ŸŸจ | 87โ€™ Booking, Juan Pablo รngel
๐Ÿ” | 89โ€™ Sub off, Luke Moore, Sub on, Eric Djemba-Djemba ๐Ÿ”ด
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™+3 Sub off, Juan Pablo รngel, Sub on, Martin Laursen
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa


What a difference a change of manager makes, not the result but the attitude โ€œIโ€™m still trying to get to know my players, but I thought they were terrific itโ€™s a great result."

Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s appointment had literally met with wild excitement of the sort few had previously witnessed. This renowned motivator had changed the outlook of the club already and confidence for the future was sky high.

Coupled with new owner Randy Lerner it offered no embarrassment when the club launched their โ€˜Proud History, Bright Futureโ€™ tagline. The squad of course was broadly as was and overnight miracles werenโ€™t expected but a totally different mindset had enveloped the club.

Martin Oโ€™Neill might still be โ€œgetting to knowโ€ his players but he was already chopping the squad as Lee Hendrie made his final appearance for Villa aged 29 before moving on to Sheffield United on a free transfer in June 2007.

Hendrie had played for Villa between 1995-96 and 2006-07 making 307 appearances, 65 as substitute, and scoring 31 goals. In truth for all his undoubted talent, Hendrie would never be the sort of player Martin Oโ€™Neill would have any truck with and it is a source of real regret for many that a player who should have achieved much more at Villa allowed off field distractions to prevent him realising his potential.

In contrast to Hendrie, but equally quickly, Eric Djemba-Djemba made his final appearance in a Villa shirt aged 25 before moving on to Qatar SC on a free transfer in July 2007.

Prodigiously untalented, David Oโ€™Leary had nonsensically paid Manchester United ยฃ2,290,000 for a player who looked poor from the moment he arrived in English football and he remained with Villa between 2004-05 and 2006-07. Over those 3 seasons Djemba-Djemba made 11 appearances, 7 as substitute, and never looked like even a moderately capable Sunday League player.

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


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†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2004-05



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


Season | 2006-07 |
Matchday | #1 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #1 |
Saturday, 19 August 2006


Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ


Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


๐Ÿ•’ 1 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 0 ๐ŸŸจ | 1 ๐ŸŸฅ 0 | 1.00

Career Form:

Bottom 8

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |


Referee: Graham Poll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hertfordshire, 1991-2007
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 16 Apr 06, Villa 3-1 Birmingham (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Graham Poll



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ




Martin O'Neill's first team selection largely resembles that under David O'Leary as Gabriel Agbonlahor and Juan Pablo รngel are selected as the strike force.


Starting XI Average Age
| 25.49 |

Oldest Player |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 30.84 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 19.86 |



Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Arsรจne Wenger | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Aston Villa

GK Thomas Sรถrensen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Aaron Hughes | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ |
CB Liam Ridgewell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Jlloyd Samuel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Gavin McCann | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Luke Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |


GK Lens Lehmann | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Kolo Tourรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Johan Djourou |๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ|
RB Emmanuel Ebouรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
RB Justin Hoyte | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Cesc Fร bregas | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Freddie Ljungberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Aleksandr Hleb | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ |
M Gilberto Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
CF Thierry Henry | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Emmanuel Adebayor | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |


๐Ÿ” M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Steven Davis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 83โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Eric Djemba-Djemba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | for CF Luke Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 89โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | for CF Juan Pablo รngel | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 90+3 |


๐Ÿ” | RB Justin Hoyte | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Matthieu Flamini | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | M Freddie Ljungberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | (W Theo Walcott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Emmanuel Adebayor | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (CF Robin van Persie | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |)


GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Kevin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Manuel Almunia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Pascal Cygan | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |


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 : 9/11
Homegrown: 6/11

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 : 12/16
Homegrown: 7/16



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 : 1/11

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 : 2/16



Not recorded


Not Recorded

Player Positions:


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


Match Symbols:


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game



๐Ÿ”ด M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
๐Ÿ”ด M Eric Djemba-Djemba | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |


Not recorded


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โ€œIโ€™m still trying to get to know my players, but I thought they were terrific itโ€™s a great result.

โ€œIt is a big boost to confidence. If we had been hammered it would have looked like a long hard season.

โ€œI cannot do anything about the expectation but we are not going to become a really decent team overnight.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 19 August 2006

Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva scored a late goal to salvage a point for Arsenal in their first Premiership match at the Emirates Stadium.

Villa skipper Olof Mellberg gave the visitors a shock lead when he headed in from a corner after 53 minutes.

Gilberto equalised six minutes before the end following excellent work from teenage substitute Theo Walcott.

Villa then withstood a late onslaught to ensure that Martin Oโ€™Neillโ€™s tenure as manager got off to a great start.

Oโ€™Neill, who was appointed Villa boss at the start of August, seems to have immediately suffused confidence and belief into his young side.

Gareth Barry, Steven Davis and Gavin McCann were outstanding for the visitors in midfield while 19-year-old Gabriel Agbonlahor was a real threat on the break.

Arsenal were their usual blend of touch and movement, dominating possession and creating a host of chances, but they lacked sharpness in front of goal.

Agbonlahor had the first good chance of the game when he drew a smart save from Jens Lehmann with a volley from 15 yards.

Thierry Henry was predictably the main threat for the hosts and had a hat-trick of shots from the edge of the area, all of which flew over the crossbar.

The Gunners thought they had broken the deadlock after three minutes of first-half stoppage time.

Kole Toure headed in a free-kick from close range, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

The goal would have been hard on Villa, who were organised and resilient, in sharp contrast to their showings under David Oโ€™Leary at the end of last season.

The home crowd were incensed shortly after the interval when Emmanuel Eboue went down following a tussle with Luke Moore.

As new Premier League guidelines dictate, Villa played on when referee Graham Poll did not whistle.

If the Arsenal supporters were angry with that decision, they were stunned when the visitors scored the first goal in a competitive game at the Emirates Stadium.

Lehmann failed to collect a left-wing corner, Mellberg rising above Emmanuel Adebayor to head into an unguarded net.

Arsenal responded by laying siege to the Villa goal but struggled to find a way through.

Adebayor almost atoned for his earlier error but saw his close-range effort cleared off the line by Liam Ridgewell.

Walcott was brought on for his first Premiership appearance and played a key role in Arsenalโ€™s equaliser.

His cross from the left eventually fell to Gilberto, who thumped a volley into the roof of the net.

*Aston Villa boss Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œIโ€™m still trying to get to know my players, but I thought they were terrific itโ€™s a great result.

โ€œIt is a big boost to confidence. If we had been hammered it would have looked like a long hard season.

โ€œI cannot do anything about the expectation but we are not going to become a really decent team overnight.โ€

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