Game #5197

2011-12

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Position:

4th Round

FA Cup 4th Round

Arsenal

Emirates Stadium

Attendance: 60,019

Sunday, 29 January 2012

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

Arsenal

3-2

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Richard Dunne | 33’ | Darren Bent | 45’ |

Assist(s) | Not recorded

AT A GLANCE

Game #5197

Season | 2011-12 |
Matchday | #28 |
Manager Game | #28 |
Sunday, 29 January 2012

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Alex McLeish |
KO | 4.00pm |
Referee | Mike Jones, Cheshire |
HT Score | 2-0 |
FT Score | 2-3 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | LWDWL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Jones
Assistants: David Richardson, Dave Bryan

MATCH INCIDENTS

Mike Jones

Villa

💥- | 💥- | 🟨 |

Arsenal

🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £67.73m |

Starting XI Average Age
| 29.21 |

Oldest Player |
GK Shay Given | 35.80 |

Youngest Player |
CB Ciaran Clark | 22.44 |

TEAM NEWS

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

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |
M Chris Herd |
M Jermaine Jenas |

Loan | 3 |
M Jean Makoun | Olympiacos Piraeus |
28 Aug 11 - 30 Jun 12 |
F Nathan Delfouneso | Leicester City |
1 Jan 12 to 1 Feb 12 |
M Fabian Delph | Leeds United |
20 Jan 12 to 16 Feb 12 |

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

MANAGER

Alex McLeish

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Peter Grant
First Team Coach: Gordon Cowans
First Team Coach: Andy Watson
First Team Coach: Kevin MacDonald

STARTING LINE UP

GK Shay Given |
RB Alan Hutton |
LB Stephen Warnock |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB Carlos Cuéllar |
CB Ciaran Clark |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
M Stephen Ireland |
F Darren Bent |
F Gabby Agbonlahor |
F Robbie Keane |

SUBSTITUTES

M Gary Gardner for F Gabby Agbonlahor | 71’ |
M Barry Bannan for M Stiliyan Petrov | 82’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan
CF Emile Heskey
F Andreas Weimann
D Eric Lichaj
CB Nathan Baker

THE OPPOSITION

GK Łukasz Fabiański, CB Per Mertesacker, CB Thomas Vermaelen, CB Laurent Koscielny, M Tomáš Rosický (M Mikel Arteta), M Aaron Ramsey, M Alex Song, M Francis Coquelin, CF Robin van Persie (g) (g), W Theo Walcott (g) (RB Bacary Sagna), W Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CF Thierry Henry).

Manager: Arsène Wenger
Team Cost: £114.71m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

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.

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.

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2012/01/29/match-report-arsenal-3-2-villa

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MATCH TIMELINE

33’ Goal, 1-0, Richard Dunne
44’ Booking, Richard Dunne
45’ Goal, 2-0, Darren Bent
HT Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa
54’ Goal, 2-1, (Arsenal, pen)
57’ Goal, 2-2, (Arsenal)
61’ Goal, 2-3, (Arsenal, pen)
71’ Sub off, Gabby Agbonlahor, Sub on, Gary Gardner
82’ Sub off, Stiliyan Petrov, Sub on, Barry Bannan
FT Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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

Alex McLeish.

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*The Guardian*
Sunday, 29 January 2012

"Robin van Persie scores two penalties to take Arsenal past Aston Villa."

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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.

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.