Game #5662

2021-22

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Premier League

Arsenal

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,956

Saturday, 19 March 2022

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

Aston Villa

0-1

Arsenal

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5662

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

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 12.30pm |
Referee | Andy Madley |
Half Time Score | 0-1 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 0-1 |
Last 5 Games | WWWLL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andy Madley.
Previous 5: 🟨 | 🟥 | 🟨 | 🟩 | 🟥 |
Incidents: 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 💥 | 💥 | 🟨 | 💥 | 🟨 | 🟨
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Mark Scholes.
Fourth official: Martin Atkinson.
VAR: Jonathan Moss.
Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood.

🆘 Shocking refereeing performance

MATCH INCIDENTS

Andy Madley

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

1st XI Cost: £144.95m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £71.84m
Team Cost: £216.79m
Squad Cost: £231.01m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 11/20
Homegrown: 4/20

Starting XI Average Age: 27.10

Oldest Player: 36.72
W Ashley Young

Youngest Player: 20.82
M Jacob Ramsey

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 Buendía for his first start in five with Danny Ings dropping out. 18 year old midfielder Tommi O’Reilly returns to the squad alongside fellow youth players Tim Iroegbunam and Carney Chukwuemeka.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |

M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
Knee, 14 Dec - 9 Apr
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LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 |
Muscle, 19 Mar - 2 Apr
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CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Abdomen, 19 Mar - Unknown
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Out On Loan | 13 |

M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | Sheffield United
30 Aug 21 - 31 May 22
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RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | Strasbourg
31 Aug 21 - 30 Jun 22
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CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Forest
1 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Internacional
6 Jan 22 - 1 Jan 23
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W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | Everton
13 Jan 22 - 1 Jul 22
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M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cheltenham
11 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Caleb Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Livingston
12 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Stoke
21 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Preston
24 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Newcastle
31 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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GK Filip Marschall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Gateshead
31 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Luton
31 Jan 22 - 31 May 22
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W Trézéguet, Basaksehir | 🇪🇬 |
8 Feb 22 - 30 Jun 22
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Not Selected | 5 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 |
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Josh Feeney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Sil Swinkels | 🇳🇱 |
M Hayden Lindley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

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

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Aaron Danks
Assistant Manager: Gary McAllister
Assistant Manager: Michael Beale
Sporting Director: Johan Lange
Technical Director: Jeremy Oliver

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🟨 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | for M Jacob Ramsey | 69’ |
🔁 | W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | for W Emiliano Buendía | 69’ |
🔁 | F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for CF Ollie Watkins | 82’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 |
M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tommi O’Reilly | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK Bernd Leno | 🇩🇪 | £22.50m |
RB Cédric Soares | 🇵🇹 | 🟨 | £7.20m |
CB Ben White | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £52.65m |
CB Gabriel | 🇧🇷 | £23.40m |
LB Kieran Tierney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £24.30m |
M Martin Ødegaard | 🇳🇴 | £31.50m | 🔁 |
M Thomas Partey | 🇬🇭 | 🟨 | £45.00m |
M Granit Xhaka |🇨🇭| 🟨 | £40.50m |
M Emile Smith Rowe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
W Bukayo Saka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ | Yth | 🔁 |
CF Alexandre Lacazette | 🇫🇷 | £47.70m | 🔁 |

Subs:
CB Rob Holding 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £2.70m |
W Nicolas Pépé 🇨🇮 | £72.00m |
CF Eddie Nketiah 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |

Unused:
LB Nuno Tavares | 🇵🇹 | £7.20m |
M Albert Sambi Lokonga | 🇧🇪 | £15.75m |
M Mohamed Elneny | 🇪🇬 | £11.25m |
GK Arthur Okonkwo | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
RB Zak Swanson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
M Omari Hutchinson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |

Manager: Mikel Arteta | 🇪🇸 |
1st XI Cost: £287.70m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 4/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: £74.70m
Team Cost: £362.40m
Squad Cost: £396.90m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 7/20
Homegrown: 6/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

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

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MATCH TIMELINE

🟨 | 16’ Booking, Jacob Ramsey, Bad foul
⚽ | 30’ Goal, 0-1, (Arsenal), Bukayo Saka
🟨 | 33’ Booking, Tyrone Mings, Bad foul
🟨 | 34’ Booking, John McGinn
💥 | 40’ VAR fails to act on foul in box on Tyrone Mings
💥 | 44’ Referee fails to act on foul on Ollie Watkins
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal
💥 | 53’ Referee fails to act on foul on Jacob Ramsey that provides the opposition with a clear run on goal
🔁 | 69’ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Leon Bailey
🔁 | 69’ Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Bertrand Traoré
🔁 | 82’ Sub off, Ollie Watkins, Sub on, Danny Ings
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal

MANAGER WATCH

👎 Steven Gerrard's loss rate is 23rd of 32 Villa bosses after 19 games of their tenure. The 9th worst.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“We 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.

“We 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 don’t think teams like Arsenal are a step too far, but there is a gap we need to close. We are working on that. We’ve got to make it a lot more difficult in the first half, because the reaction we got was much more like us.

“Do I think we deserved to win? No, but I believe we should have got a draw out of the game.”

“It 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 wasn’t until after half-time that we showed we can be better.

“We 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. It’s hard to execute a game plan if not everyone believes in what you are doing.

“We were less indecisive in the second half and off the back of that created four interesting moments. The performance was a lot more positive.

“The league doesn’t lie. Certain teams are ahead of us at the moment and there’s a reason for that. We’ve got to grab it off them, believe in what we’re doing and get support from up above.

“I’m emotional, I care, I don’t like getting beat.”

Steven Gerrard.

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“It 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.

“We weren’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 wasn’t meant to be.

“We want to be where West Ham are, that is the target and it is about sticking on the same page.”

John McGinn.

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”It’s a very big win for us. I thought we played fantastically well, but we didn’t put the game to bed when we had the chances. Then you suffer, but we showed the resilience to win.

“Villa 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.”

Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta.

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“Steven Gerrard’s side went into this game having lost nine of their 11 top-flight fixtures this season against the current top eight. The gap between the Midlands side and those above them again looked significant during a poor first half that saw them fail to muster a shot on or off target.”

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta praised the "character, courage and quality" of his team as they strengthened their grip on fourth place in the Premier League with a narrow victory at Aston Villa.

Bukayo Saka was the standout player as the Gunners secured a sixth win from seven games to move four points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United with a game in hand.

The England international scored the only goal in the first half with a low drive from the edge of the area after Villa failed to properly clear a cross into the box.

“You can see the connection they have. It is phenomenal to watch,” Arteta told BT Sport.

“If you want to be a top team, you have to win home and away. We are doing that consistently and we have to continue. We really want [to finish in the top four] and we are going to give it a go.”

Villa improved after the break and went close when Ollie Watkins’ deflected shot clipped the outside of the post, before substitute Danny Ings sent a looping header on to the roof of the net.

Saka stars as Arsenal secure vital win

Arsenal’s jubilant celebrations at the final whistle showed just how significant they feel this result could be as the north London club seek to return to the Champions League for the first time in five years.

The win was based on a vibrant first-half display, followed up by a resilient defensive performance after the break.

Saka was excellent during the opening 45 minutes, tormenting 36-year-old Ashley Young who was in the Villa side for the injured Lucas Digne.

Saka got in behind Young inside the opening two minutes to create a chance for Emile Smith Rowe, while another cross struck Ezri Konsa and needed a fine stop from Emiliano Martinez to prevent an own goal.

The goal came from a quickly taken free-kick that caught Villa out down the right, with Cedric’s cross only cleared to Saka at the edge of the box, who fired home through a crowd of players for his 10th goal of the season in all competitions.

Arsenal tired after the break which allowed Villa to get more of a grip on the game, but they prevented the home side from having a shot on target until the final minute of stoppage time, when Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick was pushed away by Bernd Leno.

Villa stifled in narrow defeat

Steven Gerrard’s side went into this game having lost nine of their 11 top-flight fixtures this season against the current top eight, most recently a 2-1 defeat at West Ham last week that brought a run of three successive wins without conceding to an end.

The gap between the Midlands side and those above them again looked significant during a poor first half that saw them fail to muster a shot on or off target.

“It was a tough first half because we allowed it to be tough,” Gerrard told BT Sport. “I think we were indecisive in the things we tried to do. I think our performance lacked belief. It wasn’t until after half-time that we showed we can be better.”

Villa did improve after the break but failed to put the Arsenal backline under any sustained pressure, with the attacking threat of forwards Coutinho and Emiliano Buendia stifled by the visitors.

John McGinn went close with a curling effort from distance while their best opportunity fell to Watkins, whose effort from inside the area struck Kieran Tierney’s knee before clipping the outside of the post.

The defeat means any European challenge now looks unlikely, with 10 points separating them and Wolves in eighth.

But a first Premier League top-10 finish in 11 years is definitely achievable and would be a sign of the progress made under Gerrard, given they were two points above the relegation zone in 16th when he was appointed in November.

“I don’t think teams like Arsenal are a step too far,” added the former Rangers boss. “But there is a gap we need to close. We are working on that.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta praised the "character, courage and quality" of his team as they strengthened their grip on fourth place in the Premier League with a narrow victory at Aston Villa.

Bukayo Saka was the standout player as the Gunners secured a sixth win from seven games to move four points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United with a game in hand.

The England international scored the only goal in the first half with a low drive from the edge of the area after Villa failed to properly clear a cross into the box.

“You can see the connection they have. It is phenomenal to watch,” Arteta told BT Sport.

“If you want to be a top team, you have to win home and away. We are doing that consistently and we have to continue. We really want [to finish in the top four] and we are going to give it a go.”

Villa improved after the break and went close when Ollie Watkins’ deflected shot clipped the outside of the post, before substitute Danny Ings sent a looping header on to the roof of the net.

Saka stars as Arsenal secure vital win

Arsenal’s jubilant celebrations at the final whistle showed just how significant they feel this result could be as the north London club seek to return to the Champions League for the first time in five years.

The win was based on a vibrant first-half display, followed up by a resilient defensive performance after the break.

Saka was excellent during the opening 45 minutes, tormenting 36-year-old Ashley Young who was in the Villa side for the injured Lucas Digne.

Saka got in behind Young inside the opening two minutes to create a chance for Emile Smith Rowe, while another cross struck Ezri Konsa and needed a fine stop from Emiliano Martinez to prevent an own goal.

The goal came from a quickly taken free-kick that caught Villa out down the right, with Cedric’s cross only cleared to Saka at the edge of the box, who fired home through a crowd of players for his 10th goal of the season in all competitions.

Arsenal tired after the break which allowed Villa to get more of a grip on the game, but they prevented the home side from having a shot on target until the final minute of stoppage time, when Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick was pushed away by Bernd Leno.

Villa stifled in narrow defeat

Steven Gerrard’s side went into this game having lost nine of their 11 top-flight fixtures this season against the current top eight, most recently a 2-1 defeat at West Ham last week that brought a run of three successive wins without conceding to an end.

The gap between the Midlands side and those above them again looked significant during a poor first half that saw them fail to muster a shot on or off target.

“It was a tough first half because we allowed it to be tough,” Gerrard told BT Sport. “I think we were indecisive in the things we tried to do. I think our performance lacked belief. It wasn’t until after half-time that we showed we can be better.”

Villa did improve after the break but failed to put the Arsenal backline under any sustained pressure, with the attacking threat of forwards Coutinho and Emiliano Buendia stifled by the visitors.

John McGinn went close with a curling effort from distance while their best opportunity fell to Watkins, whose effort from inside the area struck Kieran Tierney’s knee before clipping the outside of the post.

The defeat means any European challenge now looks unlikely, with 10 points separating them and Wolves in eighth.

But a first Premier League top-10 finish in 11 years is definitely achievable and would be a sign of the progress made under Gerrard, given they were two points above the relegation zone in 16th when he was appointed in November.

“I don’t think teams like Arsenal are a step too far,” added the former Rangers boss. “But there is a gap we need to close. We are working on that.”