Game #5389

2015-16

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Position:

20th (-)

Premier League

Arsenal

Emirates Stadium

Attendance: 60,007

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Villa lose for the twenty seventh time in thirty eight Premier League games to finish the season a distant bottom of the table, relegated and the holder of a host of unwanted records and players.

Arsenal

4-0

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None

AT A GLANCE

Game #5389

Season | 2015-16 |
Matchday | #44 |
League Game | #38 |
Manager Game | #7 |
Sunday, 15 May 2016

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Eric Black (Caretaker) |
KO | 3.00pm |
Referee | Mark Clattenburg, Tyne and Wear |
HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 0-4 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | LLLDL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistants: Andy Halliday, John Brooks

MATCH INCIDENTS

Mark Clattenburg

Villa

🟨 |

Arsenal

None

🟨 | 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:
| £34.47m |

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.40 |

Oldest Player |
CB Joleon Lescott | 33.77 |

Youngest Player |
M Jordan Lyden | 20.30 |

TEAM NEWS

Jordan Lyden and Aly Cissokho replace Alan Hutton (injury) and Ciaran Clark (injury).

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 5 |
LB Jordan Amavi |
LB Kieran Richardson |
M Jordan Veretout |
CB Ciaran Clark |
RB Alan Hutton |

Loan | 7 |
CB Nathan Baker | Bristol City |
1 Sep 15 - 30 Jun 16 |
GK Jed Steer | Huddersfield Town |
11 Sep 15 - 31 May 16 |
D Janoi Donacien | Newport County |
24 Sep 15 - 30 Jun 16 |
F Callum Robinson | Preston North End |
5 Jan 16 - 30 Jun 16 |
M Gary Gardner | Nottingham Forest |
8 Jan 16 - 31 May 16 |
LB Joe Bennett | Sheffield Wednesday |
19 Jan 16 - 31 May 16 |
FB José Ángel Crespo | Rayo Vallecano |
20 Jan 16 - 30 Jun 16 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 40%
Possession A | 60%
Shots F | 5
Shots A | 16
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 6
Fouls A | 12

MANAGER

Eric Black

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Jimmy Sinclair
Director of Recruitment and Scouting: Paddy Riley

STARTING LINE UP

GK Mark Bunn |
RB Aly Cissokho |
CB Joleon Lescott |
CB Kevin Toner |
M Jordan Lyden |
M Ashley Westwood |
M Idrissa Gueye |
M Carlos Sánchez |
M Leandro Bacuna |
F Jordan Ayew |
F Scott Sinclair |

SUBSTITUTES

CB Micah Richards for CB Joleon Lescott | 65’ |
M Jack Grealish for M Jordan Lyden | 75’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brad Guzan
W Adama Traoré
W Carles Gil
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy
F Rudy Gestede

THE OPPOSITION

GK Petr Čech, CB Gabriel Paulista, CB Laurent Koscielny, LB Nacho Monreal, RB Héctor Bellerín, M Jack Wilshere (M Mohamed Eleny), M Mesut Özil (M Mikel Arteta), M Santi Carzola (W Joel Campbell), M Francis Coquelin, CF Olivier Giroud (g) (g) (g), CF Alexis Sánchez.

Manager: Arsène Wenger.
Team Cost: £179.10m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Eric Black loses his sixth game in seven in charge as caretaker manager and Villa make it twenty eight losses in forty four games this season.

As a result Villa record their lowest ever total of League points - regardless of the size of the division - at seventeen.

Unsurprisingly the clear out of the rot gathers pace as, all things considered, possibly the worst signing in Villa’s history, Joleon Lescott, made his final appearance aged 33 before being released by the club in August 2016. Lescott made 31 appearances and scored once in his single season with Villa.

Midfielder Idrissa Gueye made his final appearance for Villa aged 26 before moving on to Everton in August 2016 for a fee of £7,650,000. Villa had paid £8,100,000 to LOSC Lille for Gueye’s services just a year earlier. Gueye made 38 appearances and scored once in his single season with Villa.

Midfielder Carlos Sánchez made his final appearance for Villa aged 30 before moving on to ACF Fiorentina in July 2017 for a fee of £2,700,000 - half the fee Villa paid to Elche CF for Sánchez to join in August 2014. Sánchez made 56 appearances, 14 as substitute and scored once in his two seasons with Villa.

Centre back Kevin Toner made his final appearance for Villa aged 19 before moving on to St. Patricks Athletic in January 2018. Toner made his debut in April 2016 after joining from Home Farm in July 2012 and made 4 appearances, 1 as substitute.

Ashley Westwood and Villa struggle to a twenty seventh defeat in thirty eight Premier League games as they are hammered at the Emirates on the final day of their worst ever season, 15 May 2016.

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2016/05/15/match-report-arsenal-4-0-villa

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MATCH TIMELINE

5’ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal)
39’ Booking, Carlos Sánchez
HT Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa
65’ Sub off, Joleon Lescott, Sub on, Micah Richards
75’ Sub off, Jordan Lyden, Sub on, Jack Grealish
78’ Goal, 0-2, (Arsenal)
80’ Goal, 0-3, (Arsenal)
90’+2 Goal, 0-4, (Arsenal), Mark Bunn o.g.
FT Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

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*Sky Sports*
Sunday, 15 May 2016

"Villa’s inevitable relegation was confirmed a month ago and the end of a painful season will no doubt come as a relief. They finished with a total of 17 points - the lowest in the club’s history, even when including seasons when it was two points for a win."

*Sky Sports*
Sunday, 15 May 2016

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*Arsenal finished second in the Premier League for the first time since 2005 as they beat relegated Aston Villa thanks to an Olivier Giroud hat-trick.*

Giroud headed Arsenal ahead early on but the hosts played nervously until he struck again, sweeping home from six yards after good work by Mesut Ozil.

The Frenchman was then put through by Hector Bellerin for his third.

Mark Bunn’s own goal, diverting in Mikel Arteta’s ricocheted shot, added further gloss to the scoreline.

The comprehensive win ensured Arsenal leapfrogged faltering Tottenham - title contenders only a few weeks ago - after their north London rivals fell apart against Newcastle.

“It’s happened again,” sang Gunners fans at the end as they celebrated finishing above Spurs for the 21st consecutive season.

*A fine end to a disappointing season*

Victory over relegated Villa, a team which has not won an away game in any competition since the opening day of the season at Bournemouth, ought to have been a given, and it was - but it wasn’t until the final 15 minutes that the home fans could truly relax.

By finishing second the Gunners have qualified for the Champions League for a 19th consecutive season, but this has been a particularly testing campaign for Arsene Wenger, whose critics point to the club’s failure to mount a title challenge despite topping the table at the beginning of the year.

The Frenchman has said the club will have to “add what we missed” this season, admitting his team did not score enough goals and, for the majority of this match, the absence of a killer instinct was a familiar criticism.

One player the Gunners have clearly missed for the majority of the season is Santi Cazorla, injured since November but returning to the starting line-up against Villa. The Spaniard conducted play beautifully and, at times, his touches were something to behold.

As Villa’s resistance tired Arsenal took advantage, with Giroud capitalising to score his first Premier League hat-trick and take his tally to 24 in total this season.

*Arteta and Rosicky say goodbye*

Mikel Arteta, who has made 150 appearances since joining from Everton in 2011, winning two FA Cups during his time with the Gunners, played his final match for the club as his contract expires this summer.

The Spaniard, introduced as an 88th-minute substitute, thought he had scored for a perfect finale only for the 90th-minute strike to be deemed a Bunn own goal, and once the final whistle blew, the club captain could not contain his tears.

Arteta had summed up Arsenal’s season in his captain’s notes, writing that the team’s ambition this season was to win the Premier League and failing to do so was “not good enough for this club”.

It was also the final Arsenal game for Tomas Rosicky, who is also out of contract. He received a special award before the match for his decade at the club.

There was no place in the matchday squad for Theo Walcott who had, said the club, a slight hamstring injury and the forward’s absence will bring his participation in this summer’s European Championships into doubt.

But Roy Hodgson, watching from the stands, will have been pleased to see midfielder Jack Wilshere make his first Arsenal start since the final game of last season and play for 69 minutes before being substituted.

*A miserable end to a miserable season*

Villa’s inevitable relegation was confirmed a month ago and the end of a painful season will no doubt come as a relief. They finished with a total of 17 points - the lowest in the club’s history, even when including seasons when it was two points for a win.

The club’s hierarchy have many issues to address before they prepare for life in the Championship.

Caretaker coach Eric Black, who has failed to win any of his seven matches in charge, has unsurprisingly said he expects to leave, so a new manager must be found, though talk of new owners makes the issue more complex.

It was not all one-way traffic at the Emirates as Villa did threaten with Jordan Ayew the visitors’ most influential player.

He could have immediately equalised, opting to pass across goal when shooting may have been a better option, and Villa could have levelled after the break with the weaving Ayew again propelling his team forward.

The striker set up Scott Sinclair, who narrowly shot wide of the far post, and Jordan Lyden’s subsequent cutback swept away from danger by the covering Bellerin.

*Arsenal finished second in the Premier League for the first time since 2005 as they beat relegated Aston Villa thanks to an Olivier Giroud hat-trick.*

Giroud headed Arsenal ahead early on but the hosts played nervously until he struck again, sweeping home from six yards after good work by Mesut Ozil.

The Frenchman was then put through by Hector Bellerin for his third.

Mark Bunn’s own goal, diverting in Mikel Arteta’s ricocheted shot, added further gloss to the scoreline.

The comprehensive win ensured Arsenal leapfrogged faltering Tottenham - title contenders only a few weeks ago - after their north London rivals fell apart against Newcastle.

“It’s happened again,” sang Gunners fans at the end as they celebrated finishing above Spurs for the 21st consecutive season.

*A fine end to a disappointing season*

Victory over relegated Villa, a team which has not won an away game in any competition since the opening day of the season at Bournemouth, ought to have been a given, and it was - but it wasn’t until the final 15 minutes that the home fans could truly relax.

By finishing second the Gunners have qualified for the Champions League for a 19th consecutive season, but this has been a particularly testing campaign for Arsene Wenger, whose critics point to the club’s failure to mount a title challenge despite topping the table at the beginning of the year.

The Frenchman has said the club will have to “add what we missed” this season, admitting his team did not score enough goals and, for the majority of this match, the absence of a killer instinct was a familiar criticism.

One player the Gunners have clearly missed for the majority of the season is Santi Cazorla, injured since November but returning to the starting line-up against Villa. The Spaniard conducted play beautifully and, at times, his touches were something to behold.

As Villa’s resistance tired Arsenal took advantage, with Giroud capitalising to score his first Premier League hat-trick and take his tally to 24 in total this season.

*Arteta and Rosicky say goodbye*

Mikel Arteta, who has made 150 appearances since joining from Everton in 2011, winning two FA Cups during his time with the Gunners, played his final match for the club as his contract expires this summer.

The Spaniard, introduced as an 88th-minute substitute, thought he had scored for a perfect finale only for the 90th-minute strike to be deemed a Bunn own goal, and once the final whistle blew, the club captain could not contain his tears.

Arteta had summed up Arsenal’s season in his captain’s notes, writing that the team’s ambition this season was to win the Premier League and failing to do so was “not good enough for this club”.

It was also the final Arsenal game for Tomas Rosicky, who is also out of contract. He received a special award before the match for his decade at the club.

There was no place in the matchday squad for Theo Walcott who had, said the club, a slight hamstring injury and the forward’s absence will bring his participation in this summer’s European Championships into doubt.

But Roy Hodgson, watching from the stands, will have been pleased to see midfielder Jack Wilshere make his first Arsenal start since the final game of last season and play for 69 minutes before being substituted.

*A miserable end to a miserable season*

Villa’s inevitable relegation was confirmed a month ago and the end of a painful season will no doubt come as a relief. They finished with a total of 17 points - the lowest in the club’s history, even when including seasons when it was two points for a win.

The club’s hierarchy have many issues to address before they prepare for life in the Championship.

Caretaker coach Eric Black, who has failed to win any of his seven matches in charge, has unsurprisingly said he expects to leave, so a new manager must be found, though talk of new owners makes the issue more complex.

It was not all one-way traffic at the Emirates as Villa did threaten with Jordan Ayew the visitors’ most influential player.

He could have immediately equalised, opting to pass across goal when shooting may have been a better option, and Villa could have levelled after the break with the weaving Ayew again propelling his team forward.

The striker set up Scott Sinclair, who narrowly shot wide of the far post, and Jordan Lyden’s subsequent cutback swept away from danger by the covering Bellerin.