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Game #4951

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Attendance: 42,018

Lost

Premier League

7th (-1)

Arsenal

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Villa Park

Villa lose for the first time in six Premier League games as they are unfortunate to be beaten by top of the table Arsenal.

Aston Villa

1-2

Arsenal

Assist(s) | John Carew | 14' |

KEY MAN

Craig Gardner celebrates giving Villa the lead but leaders Arsenal hit back to win and inflict a first defeat in six Premier League games on Villa, Saturday, 1 December 2007.

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 14โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Craig Gardner, Assist by John Carew
๐Ÿฅ… | 23โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Arsenal), Matthieu Flamini
๐Ÿ” | 32โ€™ Sub off, Stiliyan Petrov, Sub on, Shaun Maloney
๐Ÿฅ… | 36โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Arsenal), Emmanuel Adebayor
๐ŸŸจ | 37โ€™ Booking, Wilfred Bouma
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal
๐ŸŸจ | 56โ€™ Booking, John Carew
๐Ÿ” | 76โ€™ Sub off, Wilfred Bouma, Sub on, Patrik Berger
๐ŸŸจ | 87โ€™ Booking, Ashley Young
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal

ON THIS DAY

Villa's four game winning run and five game unbeaten run comes to an end with defeat to leaders Arsenal.

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

FIXTURE HISTORY

Arsenal

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2007-08 |
Matchday | #17 |
League Game | #15 |
Manager Game | #59 |
Saturday, 1 December 2007

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Chris Foy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | St. Helens, 1996-2015
Kick off: 5.15pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 1-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Chris Foy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | St. Helens, 1996-2015
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 3 Feb 07, Villa 1-0 West Ham (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Arsenal

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Chris Foy

TEAM NEWS

Craig Gardner replaces Nigel Reo-Coker.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.22 |

Oldest Player |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | 30.78 |

Youngest Player |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.03 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

Arsรจne Wenger | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Aston Villa

GK Scott Carson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Martin Laursen | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
CB Olof Mellberg | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Zat Knight | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Craig Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ |

Arsenal

GK Manuel Almunia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Gaรซl Clichy | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Kolo Tourรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CB William Gallas | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Bacary Sagna | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Emmanuel Ebouรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
M Tomas Rosickรฝ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Lassana Diarra | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Aleksandr Hleb | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ | (๐Ÿ” |
M Matthieu Flamini | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
CF Emmanuel Adebayor | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Shaun Maloney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | for M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | 32โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” W Patrik Berger | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | for RB Wilfred Bouma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 76โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Tomas Rosickรฝ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | (M Gilberto Silva | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |)
๐Ÿ” | M Aleksandr Hleb | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ | (W Theo Walcott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Emmanuel Adebayor | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ | (CF Nicklas Bendtner | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Stuart Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Marlon Harewood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jens Lehmann | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Philippe Senderos | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ |

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 : 6/11
Homegrown: 3/11

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 : 10/16
Homegrown: 3/16

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 : โญ•/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 : 1/16

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

Possession F | 45%
Possession A | 55%
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 5
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 15
Touches F | 587
Touches A | 685
Passes F | 352
Passes A | 444
Tackles F | 19
Tackles A | 36
Clearances F | 51
Clearances A | 67
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 6
Offsides A | 0
Offsides F | 2
Fouls F | 18
Fouls A | 10

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œWe totally dominated the second half. Arsenal are a very fine side, but we deserved to get a point.

โ€œWe showed great character in the second half and I donโ€™t think Arsenal have been put under that sort of pressure for some time.

โ€œThe players just have to have that belief that they can win these type of games. Our attitude was magnificent.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 1 December 2007

*Premier League leaders Arsenal went five points clear at the top after an impressive away win over Aston Villa.*

Arsenal had to come from behind after Craig Gardner side-footed past Manuel Almunia to give Villa an early lead.

But by the interval Arsenal were ahead after keeper Scott Carson was beaten by Mathieu Flaminiโ€™s ferocious shot and Emmanuel Adebayorโ€™s thumping header.

John Carew came desperately close to equalising for Villa when his angled header came back off the crossbar.

Villaโ€™s approach might have been more utilitarian than that of Arsenal, but their forceful style disturbed the league leaders in a keenly competitive second half.

It was very different from an opening half that saw Arsenal produce some quite wonderful periods of play.

Without their chief conductor - Cesc Fabregas was absent through injury - Arsenal turned to Alexander Hleb to pull the strings.

The Belarus midfielder proved more than an adequate stand-in, so much so that at times in the first half Arsenal were reminiscent of Holland circa 1974.

That Holland side had defenders that were as comfortable on the ball as their attackers and Arsenal, in Emmanuel Eboue and Gael Clichy, have defenders that provide enormous attacking momentum.

Arsenal had suffered their first defeat of the season in midweek to Sevilla in a Champions League game, but in the early stages of the game there was no sign of any European hangover.

Carson was twice called into action as he pushed Eboueโ€™s shot round the post and then saved with his feet to deny Hleb.

Against the run of play Villa took the lead when Gardner stroked a volley past Almunia after Carewโ€™s cross deflected into the path of the Villa midfielder.

Within two minutes Arsenal hauled themselves level with a wonderfully worked and taken goal.

A swift interchange between Eboue and Adebayor freed the Ivory Coast defender and although Tomas Rosicky was unable to reach the cross, Flamini certainly was, lashing a shot past Carson.

Ten minutes before half-time another superb touch from Eboue helped to unravel the left flank of the Villa defence.

The ball finally reached Bakary Sagna, whose floated cross was met by Adebayorโ€™s soaring jump and Carson was powerless to stop the Togo strikerโ€™s strong header.

Villa emerged after the break in determined mood and Martin Laursen went close after the ball broke to him in the box.

Just before the hour Hleb had to go off after he was fouled by Carew to be replaced by Theo Walcott.

Carew was soon back in the action in a more positive way when his clever header rebounded off the bar with Almunia beaten.

With Arsenal so gritty in defence of their lead, Villaโ€™s frustrations at their inability to equalise began to show and Ashley Young was booked for diving in the penalty area.

*Aston Villa manager Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œWe totally dominated the second half. Arsenal are a very fine side, but we deserved to get a point.โ€

โ€œWe showed great character in the second half and I donโ€™t think Arsenal have been put under that sort of pressure for some time.

โ€œThe players just have to have that belief that they can win these type of games. Our attitude was magnificent.โ€