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Game #4997

Aston Villa

Won

5th (-)

Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟩

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Premier League

Arsenal

Emirates Stadium

Attendance: 60,047

Arsenal

0-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Martin Laursen | 80’ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa follow up their two shock defeats with an excellent win at Arsenal with the positive attacking prowess of Martin O'Neill's side sweeping aside Wenger's Gunners.

KEY MAN

Gabby Agbonlahor celebrates his strike that saw off Arsenal at the Emirates as Villa bounce back from consecutive defeats with a fine attacking performance, Saturday, 15 November 2008.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 15 November 2008

🟨 | 44’ Booking, Brad Friedel
🕒 | HT Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa
🟨 | 55’ Booking, Gareth Barry
⚽ | 70’ Goal, 1-0, Own Goal, Gaël Clichy
⚽ | 80’ Goal, 2-0, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Assist by Martin Laursen
🟨 | 81’ Booking, Gabriel Agbonlahor
🟨 | 90’ Booking, Steve Sidwell
🕒 | FT Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa bounce back from their surprise defeat to Middlesbrough as they keep up their strong record against Arsenal courtesy of two deserved late goals.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Arsenal

European Cup / Champions League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 2004-05

FIXTURE HISTORY

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Season | 2008-09 |
Matchday | #22 |
League Game | #13 |
Manager Game | #105 |
Saturday, 15 November 2008

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin O’Neill | 🇬🇧 | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Mike Riley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Leeds, 1994-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Score: 🟩 2-0
FT Result: 🟩 Won
Last 5: 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟥 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 105 | 🟩 | 42 🟨 | 34 🟥 29 | 1.52

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Riley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Leeds, 1994-2009
Matches Officiated: 31
🟩 : 8
🟨 : 11
🟥 : 12
🆘 : 2
Previous 5: 🟩 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 18 Oct 08, Villa 0-0 Portsmouth (h)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Peter Kirkup, Jeremy Simpson

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨

Arsenal

🟨 🟨

TEAM NEWS

Stiliyan Petrov and Luke Young replace Nicky Shorey and Nigel Reo-Coker.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.36 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 | 37.52 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 22.11 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 | 🟨 |
CB Martin Laursen | 🇩🇰 | 🔥 |
CB Carlos Cuéllar | 🇪🇸 |
CB Curtis Davies | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Luke Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Steve Sidwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W James Milner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🟨 |

MANAGER

Arsène Wenger | 🇫🇷 |

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Arsenal

GK Manuel Almunia | 🇪🇸 |
RB Bacary Sagna | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
CB William Gallas | 🇫🇷 |
LB Mikaël Silvestre | 🇫🇷 |
LB Gaël Clichy | 🇫🇷 |
M Abou Diaby | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
M Cesc Fàbregas | 🇪🇸 | 🟨 |
M Samir Nasri | 🇫🇷 |
M Denílson | 🇧🇷 | 🟨 |
W Theo Walcott | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Nicklas Bendtner | 🇩🇰 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | RB Bacary Sagna | 🇫🇷 | (LB Armand Traoré | 🇸🇳 |)
🔁 | M Abou Diaby | 🇫🇷 | (CF Emmanuel Adebayor | 🇹🇬 |)
🔁 | CF Nicklas Bendtner | 🇩🇰 | (W Carlos Vela | 🇲🇽 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
CB Zat Knight | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Moustapha Salifou | 🇹🇬 |
CF John Carew | 🇳🇴 |
CF Marlon Harewood | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Lukasz Fabiański | 🇵🇱 |
CB Johan Djourou | 🇨🇭 |
M Alex Song | 🇨🇲 |
M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 7/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 11/18
Homegrown: 3/18

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 1/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 2/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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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 Half


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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⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 33%
Possession A | 67%
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 15
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 8
Fouls F | 23
Fouls A | 10

MATCH QUOTES

“We were terrific from start to finish. We came here on the back of two poor league results against Newcastle and Middlesbrough to face a massive test - and we passed it with flying colours. “We were magnificent and the players were very strong mentally today. I thought we were brilliant because it was a case of the players staying strong, being positive and having a real belief that we could win. “We never lost belief, never lost confidence and I am absolutely delighted.” Martin O'Neill.

MATCH REPORT

*Sky Sports*
Saturday, 15 November 2008

*Villa vanquish lacklustre Arsenal* An own goal from Gael Clichy and a strike from Gabriel Agbonlahor handed Aston Villa a deserved 2-0 triumph over Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Villa impressed throughout the encounter and were handed a golden opportunity to break the deadlock in the first half when Ashley Young was felled by Theo Walcott in the penalty area. Young, however, saw his spot-kick saved by Manuel Almunia, but Martin O’Neill’s troops were rewarded for their endeavour on 70 minutes when Clichy headed a dangerous cross past his own goalkeeper. The Gunners looked unconvincing in their search for a leveller, and Villa wrapped up the result in the 80th minute as Agbonlahor raced onto a deep clearance to fire home and seal the visitors’ first win over their opponents in 20 attempts. *Title challenge* The result cancelled out Arsenal’s good work of last week when they beat Manchester United, and the club’s Carling Cup stars may now be breathing down the necks of the current team following the type of defeat which has undermined the Gunners’ recent title challenges. Villa were played off the park by Chelsea during their last trip to London but there was no repeat and they should have gone into the interval ahead, regardless of Young’s miss from the spot. Arsenal’s passing was sloppy and their attack lacked an edge while they had Nicklas Bendtner up front on his own, with Emmanuel Adebayor only on the bench after recovering from an ankle injury. Carlos Vela and Aaron Ramsey were among the substitutes but there was no room for the precocious talent of Jack Wilshere. His time may be coming sooner than expected. Wenger used his programme notes to highlight the speed of Agbonlahor and Young and they caused the hosts all sorts of problems, with a warning sign coming in the opening minute when Young fired straight at Almunia. Brad Friedel fumbled a straightforward shot from Cesc Fabregas, with Curtis Davies required to hack the ball clear as William Gallas lurked, but apart from that it was Villa dictating play. Young missed his penalty in the 20th minute after earning the spot-kick himself. Mikael Silvestre had cleared only as far as Young after a deep cross caused chaos, with Walcott sliding in when the Villa winger surged back in the box. Almunia went the right way with the weak penalty but it still required a brave tackle from Gallas as Young chased the rebound. Young may not have even been taking the penalty had Gareth Barry not been injured in the build-up, with Fabregas getting a yellow card for clattering into the England midfielder. *Threat* Villa were still taking the game to the hosts and former Arsenal trainee Steve Sidwell volleyed straight at Almunia. Young almost atoned for his penalty miss with a drive that went just wide of Almunia’s post, and he had another effort that went straight at the Arsenal goalkeeper after a mazy run. Almunia was made to work harder when Agbonlahor pulled the ball back for Barry, the Spaniard down sharply as Villa threatened again. Arsenal were struggling for fluency so Wenger made his move just after the hour mark, with Adebayor coming on to replace Abou Diaby. Now playing a 4-4-2 formation, Arsenal appeared more threatening, although Wenger still looked frustrated on the touchline. Vela was the next to come on, replacing Bendtner, but it was Villa who took the lead. Sagna was injured during the build up after falling awkwardly, with Villa raiding forward. Young crossed for Agbonlahor and the ball glanced past Almunia into his far corner as Clichy challenged. Agbonlahor claimed it and there was no argument about the second when he chased a long ball, held off Gallas and fired home.

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