Match Report: Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

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Arsenal’s previous game at the Emirates was a 2-1 over Manchester United. They were firm favourites to win this one as well, unfortunately for the Gunners, it didn’t go to plan.

Boss Arsene Wenger stuck with the same team that beat United, and despite a superb performance from ‘keeper Manuel Almunia, it was Villa who came out the pleased side.

Arsenal Starting XI

Almunia
Sagna – Gallas – Silvestre – Clichy
Walcott – Fabregas – Denilson – Nasri
Diaby
Bendtner

Aston Villa Starting XI

Friedel
Young – Laursen – Davies – Cuellar
Milner – Sidwell – Barry – Young
Petrov – Agbonlahor

First Half

Martin O’Neill’s side got out of the blocks early as A Young fired in a fierce 20-yard shot in the first minute, which Almunia saved well.

Arsenal showed their quality on four as Walcott was released down the right by Denilson but the England winger’s cross-cum-shot flew just wide of Friedel’s left-hand post.

Denilson was booked for a late challenge on Petrov soon after Friedel had done well to collect a Walcott cross from the left.

Friedel managed to get behind a Fabregas drive on 14 but he couldn’t keep hold of the ball. Davies was there to clean up with Gallas looking to pounce.

A Young earnt a penalty for the claret and blue troops four minutes later as he was felled in the area. He then stepped up but his low shot was well saved by Almunia.

Sidwell then broke from midfield but his shot on the turn was too weak to trouble the Arsenal shot-stopper.

A Young showed his array of skills to beat two in midfield on 31 before firing marginally wide of Almunia’s right-hand post. The chance had been created by Sidwell, who was really dominating the central ground with a mixture of skill and grit.

A Young was proving a real handful for the Gunners backline as he again burst forward at pace but his final shot was straight at Almunia, who was being kept very busy.

Barry saw another shot parried by Almunia from close-range as Villa again broke with real quality on 36 minutes.

Petrov’s cracking drive looked to be on target with the clock showing three minutes of the half remaining but the Arsenal defence did well to block the piledriver.

Second Half

The game continued in an open fashion after the break, and Wenger decided he needed extra cutting edge by introducing Adebayor in place of Abou Diaby.

But Villa had a clear game plan – it was to use the pace of Young and Agbonlahor at every opportunity and they continued to threaten on the counter-attack.

They were central figures as Villa got the goal their enterprise deserved with 20 minutes remaining.

Bacary Sagna was down injured as Villa attacked down the right, and when Young whipped in a dangerous cross Agbonlahor pressurised Clichy into heading past Almunia.

Goal: Gael Clichy (O.G – 70) – Arsenal 0-1 Aston Villa

Arsenal were stung into a response, and a minute later Adebayor’s header bounced on to the post and away to safety.

Villa’s threat on the break was even greater as Arsenal pushed in desperation for an equaliser, and it resulted in them doubling their advantage after 80 minutes.

Agbonlahor latched on to a long clearance as Arsenal waited in vain for a free-kick to be given and he shook off the flimsy attentions of William Gallas to beat Almunia with a low shot from the edge of the area.

Goal: Gabriel Agbonlahor (80) – Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

It was a terrible Arsenal performance, despite Adebayor’s efforts, the game finished 2-0 to Villa. Arsenal’s title hopes now rely on the top four losing against each other as well as the Gunners doing the simple task of beating them home and away.

Article By Gooner Chris

5 responses to “Match Report: Arsenal 0-2 Aston Villa

  1. After Arsenal had beaten MU many people including the fans believed the gunners were back in the title race.Well this is the fisrt of a series of games before the new year which will will really show whether AW’s policy is working.
    I’m afraid the gunners can say goodbye to the title.For statersit’s the old story. Aint good enough.many teams know how the gunners play full of passes except the final final product: goals.When the gunners attack breaks down thare is the chance to hit them on the counter.It had happened in the hull game and goodness know how many more times/
    Most teams don’t have a complicated game plan like the gunners. This kind of game is more suited to the cl as pointed out by many seasoned repeat seasoned football observers.As has been pointed out bf,many teams don’t take too many passes to score except the gunners.
    the carling gunners may have caught the eye but i personally believed some of the first team guys are atking their places for granted.
    don’t think Chelsea and pool can;t beat Arsenal. If they draw /beat the gunners then I think this season is as good as gone.And dont think the cl is easy tw win.

  2. Vela should have started that game over Bendter. It allows young players to get a feel for the game early and makes for more scoring oppurtunities. If anything Bentder or Adebayor should have been subbed in later if not results were produced.

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  4. Yes Danny boy, exactly my feeling as well. As I said on my blog post It should have been Aston V…ela, if Wenger doesn’t wake up and use Vela more, trouble awaits him.

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