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Game #5161

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Attendance: 60,108


Premier League



Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Emirates Stadium

Villa lose for the first time in four to leave them with seven wins in twenty nine Premier League games under Alex McLeish but the result, the season and the struggles under the manager are rendered completely irrelevant with news that Villa's beloved captain Stiliyan Petrov is suffering from leukaemia.



Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Gabby Agbonlahor and Villa are outstripped at Arsenal to leave them with just seven wins in twenty nine Premier League games under Alex McLeish, Saturday, 24 March 2012.




๐ŸŸจ | 15โ€™ Booking, Stiliyan Petrov
๐Ÿฅ… | 16โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal), Kieran Gibbs
๐Ÿฅ… | 25โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Arsenal), Theo Walcott
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa
๐ŸŸจ | 52โ€™ Booking, Stephen Warnock
๐Ÿ” | 52โ€™ Sub off, Chris Herd, Sub on, Gary Gardner
๐Ÿ” | 65โ€™ Sub off, Emile Heskey, Sub on, Andreas Weimann
๐ŸŸจ | 70โ€™ Booking, Stephen Ireland
๐Ÿ” | 78โ€™ Sub off, Alan Hutton, Sub on, Eric Lichaj
๐ŸŸจ | 89โ€™ Booking, James Collins
๐ŸŸจ | 90โ€™+2 Booking, Eric Lichaj
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™+3 Goal, 0-3, (Arsenal), Mikel Arteta
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa


Alex McLeish's Villa suffered their first defeat in four games to 3rd placed Arsenal but the result was ultimately completely overshadowed by the devastating news that captain Stiliyan Petrov was suffering from leukaemia.

By the time Villa lined up the following Saturday for their match vs. 5th placed Chelsea Petrovโ€™s diagnosis had been confirmed.

Saturday, 24 March 2012 however was the date that marked legendary Villa midfielder Petrovโ€™ final appearance for Villa.

Thankfully Petrov would ultimately recover from his illness but his football career was ended at the age of 32.

Petrov had made 220 appearances and scored 12 goals over his 6 seasons with Villa and beyond just his playing achievements represented everything good about football.

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


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



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


Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #33 |
League Game | #29 |
Manager Game | #33 |
Saturday, 24 March 2012


Manager: Alex McLeish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Glasgow, 2011-2012
Referee: Phil Dowd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stoke on Trent, 1998-2016
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-3
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Phil Dowd | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stoke on Trent, 1998-2016
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 10 Dec 11, Villa 1-2 Bolton (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Adam Watts



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ



Phil Dowd


Emile Heskey replaces Charles N'Zogbia.


Starting XI Average Age
| 28.74 |

Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 35.95 |

Youngest Player |
W Marc Albrighton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.36 |



Alex McLeish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Arsรจne Wenger | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Aston Villa

GK Shay Given | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Stephen Warnock | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB James Collins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Carlos Cuรฉllar | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Stephen Ireland | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ”ด |
M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Marc Albrighton | 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” |


GK Wojciech Szczฤ™sny | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
LB Kieran Gibbs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Thomas Vermaelen | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Johan Djourou | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
RB Bacary Sagna | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Tomรกลก Rosickรฝ | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
M Mikel Arteta | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | โšฝ |
M Alex Song | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
W Theo Walcott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Gervinho | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |
CF Robin van Persie | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |


๐Ÿ” M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Chris Herd | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | 52โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” F Andreas Weimann | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น | for CF Emile Heskey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 65โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” RB Eric Lichaj | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ | for RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 78โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | LB Kieran Gibbs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Aaron Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | W Theo Walcott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (W Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Brad Guzan | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Barry Bannan | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Samir Carruthers | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |


GK Lukasz Fabiaล„ski | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Carl Jenkinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Yossi Benayoun | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Marouane Chamakh | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ |


1st XI: ยฃ50.72m
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 : 6/11
Homegrown: 3/11

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 : 9/18
Homegrown: 8/18



Team Cost: ยฃ91.13m

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 : 2/11

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 : 5/18



Injury | 5 |
M Jermaine Jenas | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ciaran Clark | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Richard Dunne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Fabian Delph | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Darren Bent | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 1 |
M Jean Makoun | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | Olympiacos Piraeus


Not Reported

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


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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance



M Stiliyan Petrov | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ |


Possession F | 28%
Possession A | 72%
Shots F | 3
Shots A | 17
Shots on Target F | 0
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 5
Corners A | 15
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 7


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"He will get from Villa every ounce of love and support that we have, to help bring this to a positive conclusion."

Alex McLeish.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 24 March 2012

*Goals from Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta gave Arsenal victory over Aston Villa and took their winning run to seven Premier League matches.*

Gibbs exposed some poor defending and goalkeeping from Villa to put the hosts in front with a crisp low finish.

Arsenal were dominating their opponents and doubled the lead when the excellent Walcott collected Alex Songโ€™s lofted ball and slotted past Shay Given.

Arteta wrapped up the match in stoppage time with a stunning free-kick.

It was another important result for the Gunners, moving them three points above fourth-placed Tottenham - - and continuing their superb upturn in form.

For much of the season their hopes of a top-four finish looked in serious doubt, but that now looks comfortably within their grasp.

Their day did not start so well as centre-back Laurent Koscielny pulled out of the side after feeling a knee injury during the warm-up.

More trouble loomed when his replacement, Johan Djourou, required lengthy treatment after being hit in the face by Emile Heskeyโ€™s arm.

But the Swiss recovered and, aside from a Marc Albrighton drive that sailed over shortly after the re-start, Arsenal were in total control.

Villa had no answer to the pace of wingers Walcott and Gervinho, and allowed Arsenal far too much time and space to pick passes to the pair.

There was an early warning when Given parried Walcottโ€™s strike after a sharp exchange between Walcott, Bacary Sagna and Robin van Persie.

Villa, who remain three places above the relegation zone, were desperately lacking the defensive leadership of injured captain Richard Dunne - never more so than when Arsenal opened the scoring.

Alan Hutton, Stilyan Petrov and Chris Herd stood still as Gibbs collected Gervinhoโ€™s pass and fired in an effort that Given should have saved.

Walcott then skilfully met Thomas Vermaelenโ€™s diagonal ball and ghosted behind Stephen Warnock before Carlos Cueller arrived with vital clearance.

Villa had lost only one of their previous eight away games and they briefly threatened when Stephen Ireland broke clear and crossed towards Heskey, only for Vermaelen to intercept.

Arsenal were swiftly back on the offensive and their reward came when Song found Walcott and he stepped inside Cuellar to side-foot home.

Given saved well from a Van Persie header and Artetaโ€™s drive, while Warnock brilliantly nodded Van Persieโ€™s goalbound shot over the bar.

The second half was more even, with Djourou needing to be alert when Albrighton crossed for Gabriel Agbonlahor, while Song headed over and Tomas Rosicky tested Given from distance.

Both managers used their full quota of substitutes and one of Villaโ€™s, Andreas Weimann, benefited from an error by one of Arsenalโ€™s, Andre Santos, but dragged wide when clean through.

Arteta then had the final word, producing a magnificent set-piece with virtually the final kick.

*Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:*

โ€œWe had a great first half. We knew weโ€™d given a lot at Everton on Wednesday and the start was very important for us today.

โ€œIn the second half we dropped a bit our pace and level but what weโ€™ve done this week is outstanding, given the quality of the game at Everton and today.

โ€œThey were three great goals. Villa defended well but we created chances, didnโ€™t concede and our momentum keeps going.โ€

โ€œAt the moment we are in a strong position and it will be down to our results and how we play until the end of the season.โ€

*Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish:*

โ€œYou can come here and lose but weโ€™re disappointed in the manner we lost the first two goals - they were definitely preventable.

โ€œWe got in about them in the second half and Andy [Weimann] had a fine chance, but we didnโ€™t get that goal and Arteta wrapped it up.

โ€œItโ€™s Arsenal we were playing, donโ€™t forget - one of the elite clubs.

โ€œWe did lay plans to try and win the game and definitely had the power and team to get goals, but the early goals nailed us.โ€