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Game #5127

Aston Villa

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Won

13th (+1)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

Premier League

Attendance: 60,023

Arsenal

Emirates Stadium

Villa make doubly sure of their top flight safety as record signing Darren Bent scores a brace to earn Gary McAllister his first win as caretaker boss and lift Villa to 13th in the table six points above the drop with one to play.

Arsenal

1-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Kyle Walker | 11โ€™ | Ashley Young | 15โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Villa make doubly sure of their top flight safety as record signing Darren Bent scores a brace to earn Gary McAllister his first win as caretaker boss and lift Villa to 13th in the table six points above the drop with one to play., Sunday, 15 May 2011.

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

โšฝ | 11โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Darren Bent, Assist by Kyle Walker
โšฝ | 15โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Darren Bent, Assist by Ashley Young
๐ŸŸจ | 25โ€™ Booking, Nigel Reo-Coker
๐ŸŸจ | 35โ€™ Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 64โ€™ Booking, Richard Dunne
๐Ÿ” | 80โ€™ Sub off, Stiliyan Petrov, Sub on, Michael Bradley
๐Ÿฅ… | 89โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Arsenal), Robin van Persie
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™ Booking, Ashley Young
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™+1 Sub off, Fabian Delph, Sub on, Emile Heskey
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Caretaker Gary McAllister records his first win at the fourth attempt and Villa score a victory as welcome as it was unexpected to render them safe from relegation with a game to spare. As a result Villa rise to 13th in the table, six points clear of the relegation places with one to play.

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: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2010-11 |
Matchday | #45 |
League Game | #37 |
Manager Game | #4 |
Sunday, 15 May 2011

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Gary McAllister (Caretaker) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Motherwell, 2011
Referee: Michael Oliver | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northumberland, 2007-
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Gary McAllister | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Caretaker

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 4 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 1 ๐ŸŸจ | 2 ๐ŸŸฅ 1 | 1.25

Career Form:

Mid Table

Gary McAllister | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Caretaker

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Michael Oliver | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Northumberland, 2007-
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 28 Dec 10, Villa 0-4, Abu Dhabi (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Bob Pollock, Ron Ganfield

Michael Oliver

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ

Arsenal

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Fabian Delph replaces Emile Heskey.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 28.42 |

Oldest Player |
GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 40.02 |

Youngest Player |
RB Kyle Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.98 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Gary McAllister | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Caretaker

Arsรจne Wenger | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Aston Villa

GK Brad Friedel | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Luke Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Kyle Walker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Nigel Reo-Coker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Stewart Downing | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ |

Arsenal

GK Wojciech Szczฤ™sny | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
LB Kieran Gibbs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Thomas Vermaelen | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Sรฉbastien Squillaci | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Bacary Sagna | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Aaron Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Alex Song | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M Jack Wilshere | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Theo Walcott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Andrey Arshavin | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Robin van Persie | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Michael Bradley | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | for M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | 80โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 90โ€™+1 |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Sรฉbastien Squillaci | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | (CF Marouane Chamakh | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |)
๐Ÿ” | F Andrey Arshavin | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ | (CF Nicklas Bendtner | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ๐ŸŸจ |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Andy Marshall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Robert Pirรจs | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jens Lehmann | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Ignasi Miquel | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
RB Emmanuel Ebouรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
M Denilson | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Conor Henderson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI: ยฃ87.90m
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 : 8/11
Homegrown: 0/11

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 : 12/18
Homegrown: 2/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

SQUAD STATS

Team Cost: ยฃ62.72m

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 : 4/11

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 : 4/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |

Bomb Squad | 3 |
M Moustapha Salifou | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
RB Habib Bรจye | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 5 |
F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | Watford
CF John Carew | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | Stoke
M Jonathan Hogg | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Portsmouth
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Newcastle
RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | Leeds

UNAVAILABLE

Not Reported

Player Positions:

โ€‹

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

โ€‹

Match Symbols:

โ€‹

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

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

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 33%
Possession A | 67%
Shots F | 8
Shots A | 24
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 15
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 13
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 9

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œItโ€™s a superb result. There are not many occasions where you bring a team to Arsenal and win so we are going to enjoy it.

โ€œWe started the game really well - the first goal was an outstanding goal but as a team the players were outstanding.

โ€œThe game plan was right and we had a finisher who is hot at the moment scoring two goals.โ€

Gary McAllister.

*BBC Sport*
Sunday, 15 May 2011

*Darren Bent scored twice to help Aston Villa dent Arsenalโ€™s hopes of automatic Champions League qualification.*

The England striker volleyed past Wojciech Szczesny after 11 minutes and latched on to Ashley Youngโ€™s pass to double the lead four minutes later.

Arsenal fought back and Robin van Persie struck the post before Marouane Chamakhโ€™s second-half header was ruled out for a push on Kyle Walker.

Van Persie prodded home a late goal but Villa held on for victory.

The result averted any remaining chance of Villa being relegated this season and moved them into 13th position.

For Arsenal, a second straight defeat continued an alarming late-season collapse that has seen them win just two of their last 10 league games.

It also provided ammunition to fans eager to see an overhaul at the Emirates in the summer and the compulsory lap of honour by

Arsene Wenger and his players following the last home match of the season had anything but a celebratory feel.

The Gunners are now in serious danger of having to negotiate a tricky two-leg qualifier to reach the group stage of the Champions League.

A victory would have taken them within a point of Chelsea in second, but defeat means Manchester City could now go above the
Gunners into third with a home victory over Stoke on Tuesday.

Arsenal, who welcomed centre-back Thomas Vermaelen back from an eight-month Achilles injury lay-off, began at a laborious pace, seemingly intent on playing themselves into the game.

Villa, by contrast, looked energetic, quick and purposeful and had already threatened on the counter-attack before Bent gave them the lead.

Walkerโ€™s chipped pass was inch-perfect for the England striker, who controlled the ball on his chest and stretched to plant a volley over the advancing Szczesny.

Four minutes later, Vermaelenโ€™s slip allowed Young the time and space to thread a pass through to Bent, who easily slotted his second goal of the game.

Belatedly, a sense of urgency entered Arsenalโ€™s play, and the home side were convinced they should have been awarded a penalty on the half-hour mark.

Aaron Ramsey was lining up a shot inside the box when he was caught by Richard Dunne but referee Michael Oliver waved away the appeals.

Jack Wilshereโ€™s through-ball then sent Van Persie racing clear, the Dutchman rounding James Collins before firing a shot against the far post.

Moments later, Vermaelen got his head to a corner but the ball sailed narrowly over the bar.

Wenger brought on striker Chamakh for defender Sebastien Squillaci at half-time.

And while the change was clearly designed to increase Arsenalโ€™s options in attack, it was the hole left by the French stopperโ€™s absence at the back that almost proved fatal as Bent pounced on a through-ball but his weak shot was easily saved by Szczesny.

From then on, the second half was largely one-way traffic as Arsenal pushed for a lifeline.

The pressure almost told when Van Persie squared for Kieran Gibbs but the left-backโ€™s close-range shot was smothered by Brad Friedel.

Shortly afterwards, Van Persie found space in the box but shot wastefully over before Theo Walcott turned Nicklas Bendtnerโ€™s header the wrong side of the post.

With three strikers on the pitch, Arsenal left themselves open to Villa breaks and a fine run from Stewart Downing set up Young for a low strike that was well-saved by Szczesny, who regained his composure to save Downingโ€™s effort from the loose ball.

Arsenal thought they were back in the game when Chamakh rose to head home Walcottโ€™s cross but Oliver felt the Moroccan striker had fouled Walker.

The siege finally brought its reward in the 89th minute when Van Persie lashed home a loose ball from close-range and when Dunne conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box deep into stoppage-time, the stage appeared set for a fairytale equaliser from Vermaelen.

But the Belgianโ€™s shot struck the wall and moments later boos rang around the stadium as the final whistle confirmed another costly Gunners defeat.

*Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:* โ€For the first 20 minutes we were non-existent. Were we not focussed enough, were we a bit scared after recent bad results? I donโ€™t know.

โ€œWe want to give the fans what they expect and when you donโ€™t do that they are entitled to be unhappy.

โ€œBut letโ€™s not go overboard, we are not fighting relegation. We want to do well next Sunday. I want to finish on a better game than that.โ€

*Aston Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister:* โ€Itโ€™s a superb result. There are not many occasions where you bring a team to Arsenal and win so we are going to enjoy it.

โ€œWe started the game really well - the first goal was an outstanding goal but as a team the players were outstanding.

โ€œThe game plan was right and we had a finisher who is hot at the moment scoring two goals.โ€

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