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Game #5619

Aston Villa

Saturday, 19 March 2022

Lost

9th (-)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Premier League

Arsenal

Attendance: 41,956

Villa Park

Aston Villa

0-1

Arsenal

Assist(s) | None |

MATCH SUMMARY

A poor first half from Villa and the Officials leads to a second successive defeat and sixth home loss of the campaign.

KEY MAN

Ollie Watkins, best opportunity in defeat

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 19 March 2022

๐ŸŸจ | 16โ€™ Booking, Jacob Ramsey, Bad foul
๐Ÿฅ… | 30โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal), Bukayo Saka
๐ŸŸจ | 33โ€™ Booking, Tyrone Mings, Bad foul
๐ŸŸจ | 34โ€™ Booking, John McGinn
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 40โ€™ VAR fails to act on a foul in box on Tyrone Mings
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 44โ€™ Referee fails to act on a foul on Ollie Watkins
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 53โ€™ Referee fails to act on a foul on Jacob Ramsey that provides the opposition with a clear run on goal
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Leon Bailey
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, Emiliano Buendรญa, Sub on, Bertrand Traorรฉ
๐Ÿ” | 82โ€™ Sub off, Ollie Watkins, Sub on, Danny Ings
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal

ON THIS DAY

This is the first Villa game that controversial referee Jonathan Moss has been involved in officiating this season and the first since his highly contentious refereeing of the game at the Etihad in January 2021. Moss sits in the VAR chair today.

Meanwhile, Ashley Young makes the 20th appearance of his return spell with the club (10 starts, 10 subs) to leave him with 210 appearances for Villa in total.

Philippe Coutinho makes the 10th appearance of his highly successful loan spell from Barcelona

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† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2019-20

FIXTURE HISTORY

Arsenal

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

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #32 |
League Match | #29 |
Manager Game | #19 |
Saturday, 19 March 2022
Attendance | 41,956 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Merseyside, 2021-2022
Referee:ย Andy Madley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Huddersfield, 2011-
Kick off: 12.30pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 19 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 8 ๐ŸŸจ | 2 ๐ŸŸฅ 9 | 1.37

Villa Career Form:

Mid Table

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Andy Madley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Huddersfield, 2011- ๐Ÿ†˜
Matches Officiated: 18
๐ŸŸฉ : 9
๐ŸŸจ : 5
๐ŸŸฅ : 4
๐Ÿ†˜ : 2
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 5 Nov 21, Villa 0-1 Southampton (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Mark Scholes.
Fourth official: Martin Atkinson.
VAR: Jonathan Moss.
Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood.

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Arsenal

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Lucas Digne is ruled out with a muscle injury as Ashley Young deputises whilst Ezri Konsa returns to regain his place from Calum Chambers who drops to the bench. Also returning is Emiliano Buendรญa for his first start in five with Danny Ings dropping out. 18 year old midfielder Tommi Oโ€™Reilly returns to the squad alongside fellow youth players Tim Iroegbunam and Carney Chukwuemeka.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: 27.10
Oldest Player: RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 36.72 |
Youngest Player: M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.82 |

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

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Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

MANAGER

Mikel Arteta | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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Arsenal

GK Bernd Leno | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Cรฉdric Soares | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Ben White | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gabriel | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Kieran Tierney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Martin ร˜degaard | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
M Thomas Partey | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Granit Xhaka |๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ| ๐ŸŸจ |
M Emile Smith Rowe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Bukayo Saka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Alexandre Lacazette | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |

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SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | for M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | for W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 82โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | W Nicolas Pรฉpรฉ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | for W Bukayo Saka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Eddie Nketiah ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Alexandre Lacazette | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 78โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Rob Holding ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Martin ร˜degaard | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 86โ€™ |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tommi Oโ€™Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Arthur Okonkwo | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Zak Swanson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Nuno Tavares | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
M Omari Hutchinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Albert Sambi Lokonga | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Mohamed Elneny | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ144.95m
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: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ71.84m
Team Cost: ยฃ216.79m
Squad Cost: ยฃ231.01m
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 : 11/20
Homegrown: 4/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ19.58m |
GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |

RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.18m |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ11.97m |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.12m |
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ14.22m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Tommi Oโ€™Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Loan |

W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ28.80m |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | ยฃ16.56m |

CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ27.72m |
F Danny Ings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ31.59m |

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ287.70m
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
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ74.70m
Team Cost: ยฃ362.40m
Squad Cost: ยฃ396.90m
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 : 7/20
Homegrown: 6/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Bernd Leno | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ22.50m |
GK Arthur Okonkwo | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

LB Kieran Tierney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ24.30m |
RB Cรฉdric Soares | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ7.20m |
LB Nuno Tavares | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ7.20m |
RB Zak Swanson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CB Ben White | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ52.65m |
CB Gabriel | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ23.40m |
CB Rob Holding ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.70m |

M Thomas Partey | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ45.00m |
M Granit Xhaka |๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ| ยฃ40.50m |
M Martin ร˜degaard | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ31.50m |
M Albert Sambi Lokonga | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ15.75m |
M Mohamed Elneny | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ11.25m |
M Emile Smith Rowe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Omari Hutchinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Nicolas Pรฉpรฉ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ72.00m |
W Bukayo Saka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CF Alexandre Lacazette | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ47.70m |
CF Eddie Nketiah ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | Knee
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Muscle
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Abdomen

Out On Loan | 13 |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Sheffield United
RB Frรฉdรฉric Guilbert | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Strasbourg
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Forest
CF Wesley | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Internacional
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Everton
M Aaron Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Cheltenham
CF Caleb Chukwuemeka | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Livingston
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stoke
CF Cameron Archer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Preston
LB Matt Targett | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Newcastle
GK Filip Marschall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Gateshead
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Luton
W Trรฉzรฉguet | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | Basaksehir

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Not Recorded

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 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

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Match Symbols:

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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 | 46%
Possession A | 54%
Shots F | 8
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 6
Corners A | 5
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 14

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œWe were really indecisive first half, and lacked belief collectively. We were dominated and second best, but still in a position at half time to do something about it. โ€œWe improved second half and believed more. As the game went on, we got into better positions. We improved, but no complaints about the scoreline. I donโ€™t think teams like Arsenal are a step too far, but there is a gap we need to close. We are working on that. Weโ€™ve got to make it a lot more difficult in the first half, because the reaction we got was much more like us. โ€œDo I think we deserved to win? No, but I believe we should have got a draw out of the game.โ€ โ€œIt was a tough first half because we allowed it to be tough. I think we were indecisive in the things we tried to do. I think our performance lacked belief. It wasnโ€™t until after half-time that we showed we can be better. โ€œWe deserved to be behind in the first half. We were second best. We set up to be aggressive but lacked belief in what we were doing. I thought certain individuals lacked belief. Itโ€™s hard to execute a game plan if not everyone believes in what you are doing. โ€œWe were less indecisive in the second half and off the back of that created four interesting moments. The performance was a lot more positive. โ€œThe league doesnโ€™t lie. Certain teams are ahead of us at the moment and thereโ€™s a reason for that. Weโ€™ve got to grab it off them, believe in what weโ€™re doing and get support from up above. โ€œIโ€™m emotional, I care, I donโ€™t like getting beat.โ€ Steven Gerrard. --- โ€œIt is disappointing. The first half was frustrating; Arsenal were comfortable on the ball and it took us far too long to get involved in the game. Second half, it was much better, but when you give teams a head start in this league it is difficult to come back. โ€œWe werenโ€™t good enough on or off the ball and showed Arsenal too much respect. We had words at half time to be more aggressive, to get after them more. We had chances, but it wasnโ€™t meant to be. โ€œWe want to be where West Ham are, that is the target and it is about sticking on the same page.โ€ John McGinn. --- โ€Itโ€™s a very big win for us. I thought we played fantastically well, but we didnโ€™t put the game to bed when we had the chances. Then you suffer, but we showed the resilience to win. โ€œVilla are a very good team and to come here is always extremely difficult. We managed to do the things we wanted to do in the match and I think we deserved to win the game.โ€ Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta.

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