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Game #5005

Aston Villa

Friday, 26 December 2008

Aston Villa

2-2

Arsenal

Premier League

Arsenal

Villa Park

Attendance: 42,585

Drew

4th (-1)

Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟨

Assist(s) | Stiliyan Petrov | 90'+1 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa hammer Arsenal for the second time this season but have to settle for a draw - needing Zat Knight's first goal for the club in injury time to equalise. Villa drop back to fourth, three points ahead of their opponents with a run of very winnable games against Hull, West Brom, Sunderland, Portsmouth and Wigan coming up as the excitement of a potential championship challenge continues to build.

KEY MAN

Zat Knight celebrates his injury time equaliser as Villa recover from an undeserved 0-2 deficit to draw with Arsenal on Boxing Day, Friday, 26 December 2008.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Friday, 26 December 2008

🥅 | 40’ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal), Denílson
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal
🥅 | 49’ Goal, 0-2, (Arsenal), Abou Diaby
⚽ | 65’ Goal, 1-2, Gareth Barry (pen)
🟨 | 72’ Booking, Gabriel Agbonlahor
🟨 | 77’ Booking, Nigel Reo-Coker
🟨 | 82’ Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
⚽ | 90’+1 Goal, 2-2, Zat Knight, Assist by Stiliyan Petrov
🟨 | 90’+4 Booking, Gareth Barry
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 2-2 Arsenal

ON THIS DAY

Villa come back from two goals down to make it seven games unbeaten, during which time they've recorded four wins, to sit 4th in the table at the half way stage of the Premier League season.

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

Villa Vs.

Arsenal

Previous 5 vs. Arsenal: 🟨 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟩

PREVIOUS MATCH

SUBSEQUENT MATCH

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2008-09 |
Matchday | #30 |
League Game | #19 |
Manager Game | #113 |
Friday, 26 December 2008

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin O’Neill | 🇬🇧 | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Lee Mason | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Bolton, 2006-2021
Kick off: 5.15pm
HT Score: 🟥 0-1
FT Score: 🟨 2-2
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟥 🟩 🟨

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 113 | 🟩 | 45 🟨 | 37 🟥 31 | 1.52

Villa Career Form:

Top 8

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Lee Mason | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Bolton, 2006-2021
Matches Officiated: 10
🟩 : 3
🟨 : 5
🟥 : 2
🆘 : 2
Previous 5: 🟨 🟥 🟨 🟩 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 24 Sep 08, Villa 0-1 QPR (h)
Cards: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Jake Collin, Mick McDonough

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨

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🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨

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TEAM NEWS

Nigel Reo-Coker and Zat Knight replace Martin Laursen and Carlos Cuéllar.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 26.94 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 | 37.64 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 22.22 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | 🇬🇧 |

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Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | 🇺🇸 |
CB Curtis Davies | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Zat Knight | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
RB Luke Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Steve Sidwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 | 🟨 | 🔥 |
M Gareth Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🟨 |
W James Milner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |

MANAGER

Arsène Wenger | 🇫🇷 | (🤡)

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Arsenal

GK Manuel Almunia | 🇪🇸 |
LB Mikaël Silvestre | 🇫🇷 |
CB Kolo Touré | 🇨🇮 | 🟨 |
CB William Gallas | 🇫🇷 |
RB Bacary Sagna | 🇫🇷 |
RB Emmanuel Eboué | 🇨🇮 |
M Abou Diaby | 🇫🇷 | ⚽ | 🟨 |
M Samir Nasri | 🇫🇷 | 🔁 |
M Denílson | 🇧🇷 | ⚽ |
M Alex Song | 🇲🇱 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
CF Robin van Persie | 🇳🇱 | 🟨 |

SUBSTITUTES

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No Substitutions Made

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Samir Nasri | 🇫🇷 | (LB Gaël Clichy | 🇫🇷 |)
🔁 | M Alex Song | 🇲🇱 | (M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
LB Nicky Shorey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Craig Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Isaiah Osbourne | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Moustapha Salifou | 🇹🇬 |
CF Marlon Harewood | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Nathan Delfouneso | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Lukasz Fabiański | 🇵🇱 |
M Jack Wilshere | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Nicklas Bendtner | 🇩🇰 |
CF Carlos Vela | 🇲🇽 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 14/18
Homegrown: 5/18

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : ⭕/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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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 | 48%
Possession A | 52%
Shots F | 17
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 6
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 10

MATCH QUOTES

“We were magnificent right from the first whistle. “We’re making a bit of progress but talk of top fours and championships hasn’t emanated from this club. “The ability in the side augurs well for us but we have to keep the major players fit, and that’s all those lads who played today. “The first goal they scored knocked us back, it took almost everything out of us, certainly just before half-time. “They’ve gone and scored a second, and could have had a third. “But we’re never finished, we battled on, got back into the game and the equalising goal at the last - we certainly deserved at least that. “He’s [Zat Knight] had to wait a little while - we’ve got some outstanding centre-backs keeping him out of the side - and that was a big goal, he took it like a centre forward.” Martin O'Neill.

MATCH REPORT