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Game #5054

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Attendance: 60,056

Lost

Premier League

4th (-)

Arsenal

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Emirates Stadium

Villa's eight game unbeaten run comes to an end as they lose to Arsenal by a scoreline that heavily flattered the Gunners.

Arsenal

3-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Brad Friedel, denied Arsenal

RELATED MATCHES

MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Arsenal 0-0 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 55โ€™ Booking, Ashley Young
๐Ÿ” | 63โ€™ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, John Carew
๐Ÿฅ… | 65โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal), Cesc Fร bregas
๐ŸŸจ | 76โ€™ Booking, Carlos Cuรฉllar
๐Ÿ” | 76โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, Fabian Delph
๐Ÿฅ… | 81โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Arsenal), Cesc Fร bregas
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™+1 Goal, 0-3, (Arsenal), Abou Diaby
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™+4 Booking, Fabian Delph
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa lose for the first time in nine as they miss out on the opportunity to leapfrog opponents 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

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2009-10 |
Matchday | #24 |
League Game | #19 |
Manager Game | #162 |
Sunday, 27 December 2009

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Martin Oโ€™Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | County Londonderry, 2006-2010
Referee: Phil Dowd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stoke on Trent, 1998-2016
Kick off: 1.30pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-3
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Phil Dowd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stoke on Trent, 1998-2016
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 28 Nov 09, Villa 1-1 Tottenham (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Mike Mullarkey, Mike Bull

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Arsenal

๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Martin O'Neill names an unchanged line up for the fourth successive game for the first time this season and for the first time since April 2008.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.68 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 38.64 |

Youngest Player |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 23.22 |

MANAGER

Martin O'Neill | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

MANAGER

Arsรจne Wenger | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W James Milner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Arsenal

GK Manuel Almunia | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB Armand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
CB Thomas Vermaelen | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB William Gallas | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Bacary Sagna | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Abou Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
M Samir Nasri | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Denรญlson | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Alex Song | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | (๐ŸŸจ)
CF Eduardo | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
F Andrey Arshavin | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | for CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 63โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | for W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 76โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Denรญlson | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | (M Cesc Fร bregas | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ | โšฝ |)
๐Ÿ” | M Cesc Fร bregas | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | (M Aaron Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Eduardo | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | (W Theo Walcott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Steve Sidwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Lukasz Fabiaล„ski | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Mikaรซl Silvestre | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Emmanuel Ebouรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CF Carlos Vela | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ |

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 : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11

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 : 11/18
Homegrown: 1/18

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 : 2/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
CB Curtis Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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 | 38%
Possession A | 62%
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 19
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 12
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 10
Fouls F | 18
Fouls A | 14

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œYou can draw all sorts of conclusions from just one game and we have to look at the bigger picture.

โ€œIf there is anything to learn from the game we will try to do it and have just to keep going ourselves.

โ€œWe are up there in the league because we deserve to be. Now it is down to us to see if we can maintain the form which put us there in the first place.โ€

Martin Oโ€™Neill.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 27 December 2009

*Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to inspire his side to a victory over Aston Villa.*

Fabregas picked himself up after being fouled by Richard Dunne and curled in a 25-yard free-kick with aplomb.

The goal came after Villa keeper Brad Friedel had denied William Gallas from point-blank range and kept out an Andrey Arshavin shot.

A first-time finish from Fabregas after a Theo Walcott pass and an Abou Diaby strike wrapped up the win for Arsenal.

Fabregas had started as a substitute because of a hamstring problem and was brought on after 57 minutes to give his side extra impetus in beating a stubborn Villa side.

The move paid off for manager Arsene Wenger but he will be concerned that his skipper aggravated his injury in sprinting on to Walcottโ€™s ideally weighted pass and had to be replaced on 84 minutes.

However, the victory moved the Gunners to within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a game in hand over their London rivals.

Villa had already beaten Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United so far this season to show encouraging signs that they are mentally tougher and have a stronger squad to avoid the same collapse as last season in the chase for a top four place.

Their credentials for another top four assault were under the microscope at the Emirates and they were found wanting ahead of another stern test of their resolve and depth when they play Liverpool on Tuesday.

Prior to the introduction of Fabregas, the game had proved an intriguing and tight contest after Arsenal missed the chance to take an early lead with Villa caught cold.

Diaby forced his way past Stephen Warnock and laid the ball to Eduardo, who turned Dunne for a clear sight of goal only to strike a tame effort straight at keeper Friedel.

Denilson powered a 25-yard shot over the Villa goal but the visitors had heeded the warning signs and quickly raised their game.

Villa adopted the same strategy which helped them impressively beat the Gunners at the Emirates last season as they soaked up pressure and played on the counter-attack.

The pace of Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor, the midfield energy of James Milner and aerial strength of Emile Heskey was key to Villaโ€™s tactics.

But a wary Arsenal were wise to the Villa ploy and a Young strike looping over the bar after a deflection off Alexandre Song was a rare threat on their goal.

Villaโ€™s defence was aiming for a fifth clean sheet and looked sturdy enough before they had some scares as Arsenal upped their intensity and urgency as they started to dominate.

Gallas came close for the home side when he tried to turn in an Eduardo knock-down but Friedel blocked and Carlos Cuellar cleared and Friedel again foiled Arsenal by saving an Arshavin shot.

Villa finally buckled when Dunne fouled Fabregas, who rewarded Arsenalโ€™s pressure when he sent a free-kick over the Villa wall and into the top corner.

Armand Taroreโ€™s sweeping pass found Walcott on the right flank and he set up Fabregas for the second as Villa found Arsenal too hot to handle.

And Diaby added the gloss to the win when he ran at a retreating Villa defence and found the bottom corner with a precise strike past the despairing dive of Friedel.

*Aston Villa boss Martin Oโ€™Neill:*

โ€œYou can draw all sorts of conclusions from just one game and we have to look at the bigger picture.

โ€œIf there is anything to learn from the game we will try to do it and have just to keep going ourselves.

โ€œWe are up there in the league because we deserve to be. Now it is down to us to see if we can maintain the form which put us there in the first place.โ€