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Game #5154

Aston Villa

Lost

4th Round

Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟥

Sunday, 29 January 2012

FA Cup

Arsenal

Emirates Stadium

Attendance: 60,019

Arsenal

3-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Not recorded

MATCH SUMMARY

Villa lose a two goal lead as they are defeated in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

KEY MAN

Richard Dunne heads Villa ahead before they go two up only to be beaten in the fourth round of the FA Cup, Sunday, 29 January 2012.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Sunday, 29 January 2012

⚽ | 33’ Goal, 1-0, Richard Dunne, Assist by Robbie Keane
🟨 | 44’ Booking, Richard Dunne
⚽ | 45’ Goal, 2-0, Darren Bent
🕒 | HT Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa
🥅 | 54’ Goal, 2-1, (Arsenal, pen), Robin van Persie
🥅 | 57’ Goal, 2-2, (Arsenal), Theo Walcott
🥅 | 61’ Goal, 2-3, (Arsenal, pen), Robin van Persie
🔁 | 71’ Sub off, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Sub on, Gary Gardner
🔁 | 82’ Sub off, Stiliyan Petrov, Sub on, Barry Bannan
🕒 | FT Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

In total contrast to the disrespect that Gérard Houllier had showed Villa and the FA Cup in 2010-11 and which had caused such a furore, Alex McLeish named his strongest possible line up for the tie at Arsenal.

And yet Alex McLeish was not rewarded by fortune on the pitch or favour from the stands as a two goal lead was overturned and short memories of 2011 were in full effect.

McLeish was everything Houllier wasn’t, but he also wasn’t the manager Villa craved, even 11th place and a right good old go in the FA Cup couldn’t or more accurately wouldn’t win over the legion of doubters.

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 | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #26 |
Manager Game | #26 |
Sunday, 29 January 2012

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Alex McLeish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Glasgow, 2011-2012
Referee: Mike Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Chester, 1997-2018
Kick off: 4.00pm
HT Score: 🟩 2-0
FT Score: 🟥 2-3
FT Result: 🟥 Lost
Last 5: 🟥 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟥

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Alex McLeish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 26 | 🟩 | 8 🟨 | 9 🟥 9 | 1.27

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Chester, 1997-2018 🆘
Matches Officiated: 10
🟩 : 5
🟨 : 4
🟥 : 1
🆘 : 1
Previous 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟨
Last Match: 🟨 7 May 11, Villa 1-1 Wigan (h)
Cards: 🟨 🟨
Assistants: David Richardson, Dave Bryan

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

🟨

Arsenal

🟨

TEAM NEWS

Carlos Cuéllar and Stephen Ireland replace Gary Gardner and James Collins.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 29.21 |

Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | 🇮🇪 | 35.80 |

Youngest Player |
CB Ciaran Clark | 🇮🇪 | 22.44 |

MANAGER

Alex McLeish | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |

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Aston Villa

GK Shay Given | 🇮🇪 |
LB Stephen Warnock | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Richard Dunne | 🇮🇪 | ⚽ | 🟨 |
CB Carlos Cuéllar | 🇪🇸 |
CB Ciaran Clark | 🇮🇪 |
RB Alan Hutton | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 | 🔁 |
M Stephen Ireland | 🇮🇪 |
F Darren Bent | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
F Robbie Keane | 🇮🇪 | 🔥 |

MANAGER

Arsène Wenger | 🇫🇷 |

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Arsenal

GK Łukasz Fabiański | 🇵🇱 |
CB Per Mertesacker | 🇩🇪 |
CB Thomas Vermaelen | 🇧🇪 |
CB Laurent Koscielny | 🇫🇷 | 🟨 |
M Tomáš Rosický | 🇨🇿 | 🔁 |
M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 |
M Alex Song | 🇨🇲 |
M Francis Coquelin | 🇫🇷 |
W Theo Walcott | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | 🔁 |
W Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
CF Robin van Persie | 🇳🇱 | ⚽ | ⚽ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 M Gary Gardner | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 71’ |
🔁 M Barry Bannan | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | for M Stiliyan Petrov | 🇧🇬 | 82’ |

SUBSTITUTES

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🔁 | M Tomáš Rosický | 🇨🇿 | (M Mikel Arteta | 🇪🇸 |)
🔁 | W Theo Walcott | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (RB Bacary Sagna | 🇫🇷 |)
🔁 | W Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | (CF Thierry Henry | 🇫🇷 |)

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Brad Guzan | 🇺🇸 |
CB Nathan Baker | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Eric Lichaj | 🇺🇸 |
CF Emile Heskey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
F Andreas Weimann | 🇦🇹 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Wojciech Szczęsny | 🇵🇱 |
W Yossi Benayoun | 🇮🇱 |
W Andrey Arshavin | 🇷🇺 |
CF Chu-young Park | 🇰🇷 |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI: £67.73m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 4/11
Homegrown: 2/11

Squad:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/18
Homegrown: 7/18

SQUAD STATS

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Team Cost: £114.71m

1st XI:
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 3/11

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

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

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UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 2 |
M Chris Herd | 🇦🇺 |
M Jermaine Jenas | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Out on Loan | 3 |
M Jean Makoun | 🇨🇲 | Olympiacos Piraeus
F Nathan Delfouneso | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Leicester
M Fabian Delph | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Leeds

UNAVAILABLE

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Not Reported

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 | 39%
Possession A | 61%
Shots F | 7
Shots A | 17
Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 12
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 10
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 8

MATCH QUOTES

“To say I am disappointed we did not see it out is an understatement.” Alex McLeish.

MATCH REPORT

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 29 January 2012

Robin van Persie scores two penalties to take Arsenal past Aston Villa So now we know. If you wish to substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, you do it with two minutes to go, with your team in the lead, and you bring on Thierry Henry. Signal joyous whoops all round. As it happened, the idea of any kind of happy ending was difficult to imagine at half‑time, as Arsenal trailed 2-0 and appeared to be on their way to yet another crushing blow after three straight Premier League defeats. All reason pointed towards gloom. Few inside the stadium would have backed Arsenal to rebound from another punishing spell on the ropes. As Arsène Wenger admitted: “When you don’t win, belief goes.” But against all expectation, the players rallied during the interval in the bowels of the Emirates Stadium, found reserves of courage to disprove the doubters, and scored three goals in a frenetic seven‑minute burst to tip this compelling Cup tie on its head. Theo Walcott, one of those who comes most under scrutiny at times like this, was quick to suggest that there can be more to this team than meets the eye. “It just shows we have got characters in the dressing room even though no one thinks we do,” he said pointedly. The Arsenal manager had suggested that his team required a performance to get their crowd back onside but, with nerves frayed by recent events, just what they needed was to go a goal behind. And just to make them feel even better about themselves it was assisted by typically passive defending. Villa had already come close to a gift in the 21st minute as Lukasz Fabianski pelted off his line to meet a 50‑50 ball against Darren Bent. The Arsenal goalkeeper missed, and the Villa striker was centimetres away from a clean connection in front of an unguarded net. It was not long before the visitors profited from Arsenal’s aerial hesitancy. Just after the half‑hour they eased in front when Robbie Keane found space to angle in a cross which invited Richard Dunne to leap highest, and with most conviction, to thump in a header. The two old Irish team-mates, who knew each other’s game inside out, were thrilled. In an instant the home tension‑ometer ratcheted up a few notches. Then on the stroke of half‑time the mood worsened. Arsenal again found little resistance as Villa launched an electric counterattack. When Stephen Ireland helped the move on to Bent, the England forward lashed in an angled shot. Although Fabianski parried, Bent steered the rebound in from an even tighter spot. Villa’s noisy contingent, who benefited from the chairman, Randy Lerner, laying on 70 coaches for this expedition, erupted. “The first half was blinding, brilliant, international class,” said Alex McLeish. “But it’s never over, is it. I said to the boys at half‑time there’s 45 minutes to go.” Arsenal were reeling. They had enjoyed a decent amount of possession, even testing Shay Given a couple of times. Thomas Vermaelen whacked in a shot from 30 yards and Oxlade-Chamberlain took aim from long range. Effort was not really the problem for Arsenal. Quality was. They emerged after half‑time accompanied by an anthem by the aptly named House of Pain. Could they muster the fortitude, and the finesse, to recover? Recent form would suggest absolutely not. Yet in an dazzling turnaround Arsenal transformed 0-2 into 3-2. Per Mertesacker and Aaron Ramsey both glimpsed chances before Robin van Persie was able take control by getting into shooting territory. Arsenal were awarded a penalty when Alex Song carved Villa open with a threaded pass to Ramsey, who was felled by Dunne. The defender, who had already been cautioned, was fortunate not to receive double punishment as a clear scoring opportunity was denied. Van Persie stepped up to slot his kick low and true past Given. Arsenal were level when Walcott cruised past Stephen Warnock and saw his dinked shot repelled by Given on the line. Alan Hutton attempted to clear, but only shunted the ball against the winger and in. Astonishingly, moments later Arsenal were in front. Laurent Koscielny galloped upfield and left the chasing Bent in his wake, which takes some doing. Bent was lured into a clumsy challenge and the referee awarded his second penalty. The ever confident Van Persie crashed his second effort high into the net. He ran into the arms of the substitute Henry. Wenger, who has felt aggrieved about the non-award of some clear penalty appeals for his team in recent games, was pleasantly surprised to see Michael Jones deliver two. “That was one of the positives of the day,” he said wryly. Villa staggered around for a while, unable to take in quite what had happened, and then refocused. Stilian Petrov was a picture of frustration when his move was intercepted by Mertesacker. Ciaran Clark nodded in a header which Fabianski smothered. Van Persie retreated to help and blocked off Keane. McLeish was incandescent about an offside decision that went against his team. “To say I am disappointed we did not see it out is an understatement.” Arsenal reclaimed control and a gutsy mission was accomplished.

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