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  • Date:17 Aug 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,003
  • Giroud (5) Giroud (5)
  • Benteke (21) Benteke - pen (60)
    Luna (84) Luna (84)
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95mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor is booked.

95mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere.

95mins

Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.

94mins

Lukas Podolski replaces Bacary Sagna.

93mins

Clearance made by Ciaran Clark.

93mins

Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.

90mins

Bacary Sagna fouled by Christian Benteke, the ref awards a free kick.

89mins

Clearance by Bacary Sagna.

88mins

Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.

88mins

Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Leandro Bacuna results in a free kick.

88mins

(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Leandro Bacuna coming on for Andreas Weimann.

85mins

Antonio Luna grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Andreas Weimann.

85mins

Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the right by-line.

84mins

Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.

83mins

Shot by Aaron Ramsey. Bradley Guzan makes a block.

83mins

Clearance by Ciaran Clark.

82mins

Karim El Ahmadi makes a clearance.

81mins

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Tomas Rosicky, free kick awarded.

81mins

Christian Benteke takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

80mins

The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna.

80mins

Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

80mins

Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

79mins

Ashley Westwood makes a clearance.

78mins

Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

78mins

Karim El Ahmadi takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny catches the ball.

78mins

The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna.

78mins

Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Bradley Guzan parries the ball but the danger is not over.

77mins

Free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

76mins

Fabian Delph concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Jenkinson.

75mins

Clearance by Ron Vlaar.

72mins

Tomas Rosicky takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

71mins

Clearance by Theo Walcott.

71mins

Free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.

70mins

Theo Walcott shoots direct from the free kick and goes left of the target.

69mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ron Vlaar on Tomas Rosicky.

67mins

Matthew Lowton restarts play with the free kick.

66mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann by Laurent Koscielny.

66mins

Fabian Delph manages to make a clearance.

65mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Ashley Westwood.

64mins

The ball is crossed by Tomas Rosicky.

63mins

The ball is sent over by Theo Walcott.

61mins

Christian Benteke scores a penalty. Arsenal 1-2 Aston Villa.

61mins

Laurent Koscielny receives a yellow card.

60mins

Christian Benteke is booked.

60mins

Clearance by Aaron Ramsey.

58mins

Clearance made by Santi Cazorla.

57mins

Header by Olivier Giroud misses right.

57mins

Tomas Rosicky delivers the ball.

57mins

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.

57mins

Antonio Luna manages to make a clearance.

55mins

Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.

55mins

Matthew Lowton concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere.

55mins

Free kick taken by Antonio Luna.

54mins

A cross is delivered by Carl Jenkinson.

53mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann by Bacary Sagna.

53mins

Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.

53mins

Fabian Delph takes a shot and bounces off the post.

52mins

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot and cleared the bar.

51mins

Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.

50mins

A cross is delivered by Carl Jenkinson.

49mins

Antonio Luna is cautioned.

48mins

Antonio Luna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

48mins

Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.

48mins

Carl Jenkinson makes a clearance.

47mins

Andreas Weimann makes a clearance.

46mins

Aaron Ramsey restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Ashley Westwood.

46mins

Santi Cazorla is brought on as a substitute for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

45mins

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ashley Westwood gets a block in.

43mins

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line.

42mins

Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.

42mins

Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

41mins

Aaron Ramsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph.

41mins

Headed chance falls to Olivier Giroud. Ciaran Clark gets a block in.

41mins

A cross is delivered by Theo Walcott.

40mins

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Aaron Ramsey, free kick awarded.

40mins

Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

39mins

Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky.

37mins

Header by Christian Benteke misses left.

37mins

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line.

36mins

Ashley Westwood has an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny parries the ball away.

36mins

The ball is sent over by Carl Jenkinson.

35mins

Clearance by Ron Vlaar.

34mins

Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

33mins

Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor.

33mins

Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Karim El Ahmadi results in a free kick.

32mins

Aaron Ramsey makes a clearance.

31mins

Clearance made by Theo Walcott.

30mins

Jack Wilshere booked.

30mins

Ron Vlaar is cautioned.

29mins

Clearance made by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

28mins

Carl Jenkinson on for Kieran Gibbs.

25mins

Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

23mins

Clearance made by Andreas Weimann.

23mins

The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna.

22mins

Christian Benteke scores with a header. Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa.

21mins

Penalty awarded for a foul by Wojciech Szczesny on Gabriel Agbonlahor.

20mins

Andreas Weimann sends in a cross.

20mins

Jack Wilshere crosses the ball.

19mins

Shot by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.

19mins

Free kick taken by Fabian Delph.

18mins

Bacary Sagna challenges Fabian Delph unfairly and gives away a free kick.

17mins

Ciaran Clark on for Nathan Baker.

16mins

Matthew Lowton restarts play with the free kick.

15mins

Unfair challenge on Matthew Lowton by Olivier Giroud results in a free kick.

12mins

Ron Vlaar takes the free kick.

11mins

Foul by Aaron Ramsey on Karim El Ahmadi, free kick awarded.

11mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a cross.

10mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Westwood by Tomas Rosicky.

9mins

Clearance by Fabian Delph.

9mins

Header at goal by Olivier Giroud goes right of the post.

9mins

Corner taken by Jack Wilshere.

7mins

Clearance by Olivier Giroud.

6mins

Olivier Giroud scores a left footed goal. Arsenal 1-0 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

5mins

Ron Vlaar restarts play with the free kick.

5mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke by Aaron Ramsey.

3mins

Foul by Tomas Rosicky on Fabian Delph, free kick awarded.

3mins

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded.

2mins

Christian Benteke manages to make a clearance.

2mins

Theo Walcott takes a short corner.

1mins

Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

Arteta absent for Arsenal Arsenal will be without midfielder Mikel Arteta (thigh) for the opening game of the new Barclays Premier League season against Aston Villa, but England forward Theo Walcott (knee) will be available. Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey missed the midweek international against the Republic of Ireland because of an ankle injury, but is expected to feature. Full-back Nacho Monreal (back) is to resume full training next week, while captain Thomas Vermaelen (also back) continues his rehabilitation, along with midfielder Abou Diaby (knee). Following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, Arsene Wenger is now the longest-serving manager in the Premier League. The Frenchman, 63, feels this season's championship could be one of the most open, arguing six teams were good enough to mount a challenge. He said: "You have to consider all the teams that made over 70 points last year have a chance. That's a benchmark for me - 70 points. "If you make 70 points, it means that there is not a lot of difference between you and the (team that finishes) first." The full extent of Arteta's problem is still to be diagnosed, but Wenger did at least receive a boost regarding the fitness of Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. Walcott limped out of England's 3-2 friendly win over Scotland with a knee injury while Ramsey did not feature for Wales at home to the Republic of Ireland due to an ankle problem. "It could be as long (as six weeks for Arteta), but honestly we don't know yet. We have to check the severity with the doctor," Wenger said. Given Wenger has also jettisoned several fringe players this summer to free up the wage bill, Arsenal could find themselves somewhat stretched in terms of numbers ahead of their crucial Champions League play-off against Fenerbahce. "I don't disagree that we are a bit light at the moment," the Arsenal boss added. "There are 18 days to go until the end of the transfer market and we are of course looking to strengthen our squad." Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert expects to be without midfielder Yacouba Sylla. The energetic Mali international is struggling with a twisted ankle suffered in a youth-team game earlier this week and is unlikely to have overcome it in time for the trip to north London. Versatile midfielder Chris Herd (calf) is also highly unlikely to feature but Lambert has no other concerns unless any of his men return from international duty with new injuries. Despite Villa's fraught season last year, when they were relegation candidates throughout until a late push saw them beat the drop, many fans are talking about a top-10 finish this campaign. Lambert is wary of setting such lofty targets. "I don't know," he said. "You never can predict anything about what's going to happen next season. "I certainly hope it won't be as tough as last season. "You give it a right good go. I'm excited by it, I can't wait to get going. "We can't start games the way we did at times last year. We've got to be bang at it from that first minute. You don't have time in this league to bed yourself in 15 minutes or so. "We have to be ready and I think that's the big thing that we've learned. We have to be right on it straight away." The former Celtic and Borussia Dortmund player is understandably enthusiastic about the new campaign. "You always do have that excitement," he said. "When you're traveling down to London you know you're going to be involved in it and once you get to the stadium it really starts to kick in. "You'll either be excited about it or you'll go and give it a right go so we'll go there with no fear and we'll try to win. We've got a threat, that's the big thing."

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 433Manager: Paul Lambert

Aston Villa

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Theo Walcott
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Olivier Giroud
  • SUBS
  • Lukas Podolski
  • Santi Cazorla
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Yaya Sanogo
  • Carl Jenkinson
  • Emmanuel Frimpong
  • Serge Gnabry

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Match Report

Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.


Villa stun 10-man Gunners

Arsenal had defender Laurent Koscielny sent off as they crashed to a 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had failed to land any major summer transfer targets but that did not stop his side racing into an early lead through Olivier Giroud.

However, Villa - who spent much of last season battling against relegation - hit back when Christian Benteke equalised from a penalty rebound.

The visitors were awarded a controversal penalty on the hour when Koscielny looked to have won the ball in his challenge with Gabriel Agbonlahor before Benteke netted from the spot.

The France defender, booked for his challenge by referee Anthony Taylor, was then soon shown a second yellow for clattering into Andreas Weimann

Arsenal, who face a crucial Champions League play-off first leg away to Fenerbahce next week, rallied with 10 men but were not able to break down a determined Villa defence, as goalkeeper Brad Guzan made a couple of smart saves.

Antonio Luna added a late third for the visitors before unhappy chants of "spend some money" rang out from the home support at full-time.

The match was also notable for featuring the first use of the Premier League's new goal decision system (GDS) when a 52nd-minute effort from Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph struck the inside of the right-hand post and rolled across the line.

GDS came into play as television replays shown in the press box showed the referee Taylor had been notified that the ball did not cross the line at any point.

Arsenal has started brightly and it was no surprise when they swept into the lead after six minutes.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain broke down the left and the England midfielder cut the ball back across the six-yard box where Giroud guided it into the far corner.

Villa, though, were level after 22 minutes. Agbonlahor cut through the centre of the Arsenal defence and darted in on goal.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was out quickly but could only pull down the Villa forward as they went for the loose ball, which dropped to Weimann and he could only fire it into the side-netting.

Play was correctly called back by referee Taylor for a penalty, with the Arsenal keeper fortunate to have only been shown only a yellow card.

Benteke struck the penalty low to the left where Szczesny made a superb save, only for the ball to bounce back up and the Belgian striker headed in.

Suddenly the atmosphere of the match changed, with plenty of heavy tackles from both sides to test the referee's patience.

Arsenal then had to make a substitution as Kieran Gibbs suffered a cut above his eye and, with blood pouring from his head, was replaced by Carl Jenkinson after 29 minutes.

Villa captain Ron Vlaar and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere then squared up after a clash on the half-way line, with both men booked.

Szczesny lost his cool after rushing out to make a hash of his clearance, which he then headed away. The Polish keeper went on to tackle Benteke before darting back into his goal to produce a full-length diving save as Ashley Westwood's 25-yard drive looked to be floating in.

Arsenal made a change at the start of the second half when the lively Oxlade-Chamberlain, who looked to have picked up a knee problem, was replaced by Santi Cazorla.

Tomas Rosicky blasted over after a neat one-two with Giroud on the edge of the 18-yard box.

Villa were almost ahead after 52 minutes when, following a quick break, Delph's low drive beat Szczesny, but bounced back off the inside of his right-hand post and across goal.

GDS, introduced into the Premier League for the first time this season, came into play as the TV replays in the press box showed the referee had been notified the ball struck the base of the post and was not over the line before it rolled away.

The match officials, though, could have done with the benefit of a second look at the award of a second penalty for Villa on the hour.

Agbonlahor sprinted into the Arsenal area but Koscielny looked to have made afine recovering tackle, getting a touch on the ball before the Villa man. However, referee Taylor decided otherwise and pointed to the spot.

This time, Benteke made no mistake, crashing the ball past Szczesny.

It got worse for Arsenal after 67 minutes when Koscielny, who had been booked for the penalty, was shown a second yellow card when he clattered into Weimann.

To their credit, Arsenal rallied, and Rosicky was denied by a good reaction save from Guzan, who deflected Cazorla's half-volley up onto the crossbar.

But with Arsenal pressing forwards, they were hit on the break as Villa's summer signing Luna darted clear to slot past Szczesny with five minutes remaining.


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