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  • Date:24 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,108
  • Gibbs (15) Walcott (24)
    Arteta (90)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91:11 +1.11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Eric Lichaj on Alex Song. Mikel Arteta hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa.Alex Song provided the assist for the goal.

91:04 +1.04

Caution for Eric Lichaj.

89:33

Marc Albrighton fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Marc Albrighton takes the free kick.

88:59

The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, clearance by James Collins. Mikel Arteta decides to take a short corner.

88:11

James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick. The referee cautions James Collins for unsporting behaviour.

82:58

Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.

80:45

Unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann by Alex Song results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Gary Gardner, Johan Djourou manages to make a clearance.

77:48

Eric Lichaj joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alan Hutton.

76:50

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on in place of Theo Walcott.

74:22

Shot from just outside the box by Aaron Ramsey misses to the left of the goal.

73:04

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Marc Albrighton.

71:40

Unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Stephen Ireland results in a free kick. Cross/shot by Mikel Arteta.

70:27

Outswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie.

69:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Ireland on Alex Song. Stephen Ireland is shown a yellow card. Johan Djourou takes the free kick.

69:10

Andreas Weimann produces a cross.

68:32

The official flags Robin van Persie offside. Indirect free kick taken by James Collins.

67:15

Aaron Ramsey replaces Yao Gervinho. Clarindo Andre Santos is brought on as a substitute for Kieran Gibbs.

66:34

Gary Gardner takes a shot. Corner taken short by Marc Albrighton. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in.

64:22

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save by Shay Given. Free kick awarded for a foul by Theo Walcott on Stephen Warnock. Shay Given takes the free kick. Andreas Weimann joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emile Heskey.

62:33

Corner from the left by-line taken by Mikel Arteta, Alex Song produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

61:08

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Warnock.

59:35

Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

58:59

Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, blocked by Yao Gervinho.

58:29

The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance made by Johan Djourou. Corner from right by-line taken by Marc Albrighton.

56:33

A cross is delivered by Yao Gervinho.

56:14

Marc Albrighton produces a cross, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

55:03

The offside flag is raised against Stephen Ireland. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

54:06

The ball is delivered by Robin van Persie.

52:40

Gary Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Shot comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick, Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.

51:31

Stephen Warnock concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick. Stephen Warnock goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Gary Gardner coming on for Chris Herd.

51:06

Corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the right by-line, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

50:58

The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.

48:49

Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Yao Gervinho results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Shay Given.

48:18

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Bacary Sagna takes the indirect free kick.

47:25

Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Tomas Rosicky produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

44:28

Robin van Persie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Herd. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

43:03

Unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Stephen Ireland results in a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.

41:42

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Carlos Cuellar.

41:14

Theo Walcott delivers the ball, clearance made by James Collins. Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.

40:21

Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johan Djourou. Free kick taken by Johan Djourou.

39:23

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Stephen Warnock. Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line.

38:51

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Stephen Warnock.

36:36

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.

33:44

The ball is delivered by Carlos Cuellar.

32:14

Marc Albrighton produces a cross.

29:55

The assistant referee signals for offside against Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Shay Given.

29:17

The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott, James Collins manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line.

27:48

A cross is delivered by Mikel Arteta, Shot on goal by Johan Djourou from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

27:15

Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given. Robin van Persie decides to take the corner short.

25:49

The ball is swung over by Thomas Vermaelen, Effort from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie clears the bar.

24:29

Theo Walcott finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa.Alex Song provided the assist for the goal.

23:43

Marc Albrighton challenges Yao Gervinho unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

23:06

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robin van Persie, clearance by Stephen Warnock.

21:38

The ball is sent over by Stephen Warnock.

21:10

Marc Albrighton takes the inswinging corner, Johan Djourou makes a clearance.

20:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johan Djourou by Emile Heskey. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.

19:43

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, save made by Shay Given.

19:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Ireland on Mikel Arteta. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

18:48

The ball is delivered by Chris Herd, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

17:01

The ball is sent over by Robin van Persie, clearance by James Collins. Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line played to the near post, Thomas Vermaelen concedes a free kick for a foul on James Collins. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.

15:01

Kieran Gibbs gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Yao Gervinho.

14:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Stiliyan Petrov. Thomas Vermaelen takes the indirect free kick. Stiliyan Petrov booked for unsporting behaviour.

12:43

Robin van Persie crosses the ball, Thomas Vermaelen has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

12:12

Tomas Rosicky produces a cross, Stephen Warnock gets a block in. Corner from right by-line taken by Robin van Persie.

10:11

Emile Heskey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johan Djourou. Indirect free kick taken by Johan Djourou.

8:36

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Shay Given. Effort from deep inside the area by Bacary Sagna misses to the left of the goal.

8:11

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in.

6:36

Marc Albrighton produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

5:59

Robin van Persie takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in. Mikel Arteta takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Stephen Warnock.

5:13

The assistant referee signals for offside against Stephen Ireland. Johan Djourou takes the indirect free kick.

Match Preview

Wenger will gamble on right player Arsene Wenger is prepared to gamble on the right player this summer when he targets quality over quantity to strengthen Arsenal's squad. Wenger denied that Germany striker Lukas Podolski is close to joining the Gunners in an #11million deal having undergone a medical. But the Arsenal boss admitted he is ready to scour the transfer market in his quest for high-quality additions to the squad. "Quantity-wise we will not do a lot. Quality-wise certainly, and we will take a gamble if we find top, top quality of course," he said. "The number of the squad is 25. We have many players out on loan and we have not had Jack Wilshere or Abou Diaby for the whole season. "These players will be back and that means number and quality-wise we are strong because we are now in the position we are in without these players." Arsenal are seeking their seventh successive Barclays Premier League win when they host Aston Villa. They supplanted Tottenham in third place with their 1-0 victory over Everton on Wednesday night and Wenger believes the battle for Champions League football is intensifying. "Third is better than fourth, but if you have no choice, you take fourth and the opportunity. Let's see how it goes now," he said. "I believe Newcastle are still in the fight, as are Tottenham and Chelsea. Liverpool are maybe too far off, but you never know." Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby will not be risked for the game. Diaby has recovered from a hamstring injury, but Wenger will not name him in his squad until next week. Wenger will use an unchanged squad from the group which won at Everton, with Per Mertesacker (ankle) and midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) still sidelined. Meanwhile, Alex McLeish insists it is unfair to place all the goalscoring burden on Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor in Darren Bent's absence. Agbonlahor has a greater responsibility on his shoulders now that Bent is sidelined for the remainder of the campaign with ankle ligament damage. But McLeish believes it is vital Villa look to find the net from all areas of the team as they look to repeat last season's Barclays Premier League win at the Emirates Stadium. McLeish said: "You can't keep singling out one guy in Gabby to get you the goals. We need other guys to score as well. "We need to score from set pieces, we've not done that very well this season. "We need goals from the wide men, we need goals from midfield. Stan (Stiliyan Petrov) has scored five, Charles N'Zogbia has got a couple, Gabby six or seven. "We are looking for Gabby to get amongst the goals - but he is also a provider and his assists this season been excellent as well." Winger Charles N'Zogbia is battling to overcome a tweaked knee ligament in time to face the Gunners. He suffered the setback during training on Thursday and his fitness will be assessed. Striker Andreas Weimann is pushing for a start after scoring the winner against Fulham a fortnight ago. If N'Zogbia is ruled out, Weimann could play up front with Agbonlahor reverting to the wide role he has been employed in before this season. Bent, defender Richard Dunne (shoulder) and midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle) remain long-term absentees while utility player Ciaran Clark is still recovering from a knee problem.

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 4231Manager: Alex McLeish

Aston Villa

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Johan Djourou
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Alex Song
  • Theo Walcott
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Yao Gervinho
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Clarindo Andre Santos
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Carl Jenkinson
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Yossi Benayoun

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Form Guide

    WWWWWW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Aston Villa
  • DLLDDW

Last Meetings

  • Aston Villa
  • 1 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 21/12/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 15/05/2011
  • Aston Villa
  • 2 - 4
  • Arsenal
  • 27/11/2010
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 27/01/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 27/12/2009
  • Aston Villa
  • 2 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 26/12/2008

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 25
  • T Vermaelen 5
  • T Walcott 5
  • M Arteta 4
  • YK Gervinho 4
  • A Ramsey 2
  • A Oxlade-Chamberlain 2
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • T Rosicky 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • B Sagna 1
  • A Song 1
  • L Koscielny 1

Aston Villa

  • D Bent 7
  • G Agbonlahor 5
  • S Petrov 4
  • C N'Zogbia 2
  • M Albrighton 2
  • E Heskey 1
  • R Dunne 1
  • S Warnock 1
  • S Ireland 1
  • A Weimann 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 97
    • Goals per game 58
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 8 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 12 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 70
    • Goals per game 31
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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