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  • Date:13 Jan 2014
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:36,097
  • Benteke (75)
  • Wilshere (33) Giroud (34)
Goal!

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96mins

Short corner taken by Mesut Ozil from the left by-line.

96mins

Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.

94mins

The referee signals the end of the game.

94mins

Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

94mins

Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

92mins

Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.

92mins

Ron Vlaar takes the free kick.

91mins

Clearance made by Mathieu Flamini.

89mins

Santi Cazorla manages to make a clearance.

89mins

Clearance by Per Mertesacker.

89mins

Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

89mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Ashley Westwood.

87mins

Clearance by Per Mertesacker.

87mins

Matthew Lowton produces a cross.

86mins

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tomas Rosicky.

85mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor is booked.

85mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Mesut Ozil unfairly and gives away a free kick.

85mins

The ball is delivered by Leandro Bacuna.

83mins

Clearance by Per Mertesacker.

83mins

The ball is crossed by Matthew Lowton.

82mins

Fabian Delph takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny catches the ball.

79mins

Mesut Ozil crosses the ball.

78mins

Corner taken by Santi Cazorla.

78mins

Mesut Ozil crosses the ball.

76mins

Christian Benteke grabs a goal with a headed effort. Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal.Assist by Matthew Lowton.

75mins

Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

74mins

Shot by Christian Benteke went wide of the right-hand upright.

74mins

A cross is delivered by Leandro Bacuna.

73mins

Andreas Weimann comes on in place of Karim El Ahmadi.

71mins

Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.

70mins

The ball is crossed by Fabian Delph.

69mins

Free kick crossed by Ashley Westwood.

69mins

Tomas Rosicky comes on in place of Serge Gnabry.

68mins

Unfair challenge on Karim El Ahmadi by Mathieu Flamini results in a free kick.

68mins

Matthew Lowton delivers the ball.

66mins

Nacho Monreal leaves the field to be replaced by Kieran Gibbs.

65mins

Ashley Westwood takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny safely holds on.

63mins

Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

63mins

Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

63mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Christian Benteke.

61mins

Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a block.

60mins

Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

60mins

Christian Benteke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny.

59mins

Clearance by Mathieu Flamini.

56mins

Ashley Westwood challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick.

56mins

Leandro Bacuna delivers the ball.

55mins

Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

55mins

Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

55mins

The referee blows for offside.

54mins

Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

53mins

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Leandro Bacuna. Olivier Giroud gets a block in.

52mins

Jack Wilshere challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick.

52mins

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

52mins

The ref blows to end the first period.

52mins

Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere.

51mins

Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.

51mins

Leandro Bacuna challenges Mathieu Flamini unfairly and gives away a free kick.

49mins

Clearance made by Ciaran Clark.

49mins

Serge Gnabry manages to make a clearance.

49mins

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

49mins

Leandro Bacuna takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny makes a block.

48mins

Christian Benteke fouled by Mathieu Flamini, the ref awards a free kick.

48mins

Santi Cazorla concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabian Delph.

47mins

Clearance by Per Mertesacker.

47mins

Antonio Luna takes the free kick.

47mins

Unfair challenge on Ashley Westwood by Jack Wilshere results in a free kick.

46mins

Shot by Karim El Ahmadi went wide left of the goal.

46mins

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

46mins

Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

46mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker by Christian Benteke.

44mins

Corner taken by Mesut Ozil from the right by-line.

43mins

The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

39mins

Santi Cazorla takes the free kick.

39mins

Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.

38mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Westwood on Santi Cazorla.

37mins

Mesut Ozil fouled by Fabian Delph, the ref awards a free kick.

37mins

Clearance made by Serge Gnabry.

37mins

Leandro Bacuna sends in a cross.

36mins

Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

35mins

Olivier Giroud slots the ball left footed into the goal. Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal.Assist by Jack Wilshere.

34mins

Jack Wilshere scores with a left foot finish. Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal.Nacho Monreal provided the assist for the goal.

33mins

Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

32mins

Foul by Nacho Monreal on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded.

30mins

Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

30mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Serge Gnabry on Ciaran Clark.

29mins

Santi Cazorla crosses the ball in from the free kick.

28mins

Unfair challenge on Serge Gnabry by Karim El Ahmadi results in a free kick.

28mins

Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.

25mins

Leandro Bacuna crosses the ball.

23mins

Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Nacho Monreal.

22mins

The ball is crossed by Fabian Delph.

21mins

Leandro Bacuna replaces Ron Vlaar.

14mins

Serge Gnabry takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.

14mins

Clearance by Ciaran Clark.

13mins

Fabian Delph takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

12mins

Foul by Olivier Giroud on Ron Vlaar, free kick awarded.

11mins

The ball is delivered by Nacho Monreal.

7mins

Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.

6mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Mathieu Flamini.

6mins

Clearance by Bacary Sagna.

5mins

Bacary Sagna delivers the ball.

3mins

Corner taken short by Santi Cazorla.

3mins

Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.

2mins

Karim El Ahmadi receives a caution.

1mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Karim El Ahmadi.

1mins

Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.

The game begins.

Match Preview

Szczesny happy with Arsenal defence Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is confident Arsenal's mean defensive streak can see them stay ahead in the race for the Barclays Premier League title. The Gunners will set out to return to the top of the table when they travel to Aston Villa on Monday night. Since shipping six at Manchester City last month, the Arsenal rearguard have been breached just once, at West Ham on New Year's Day, to restore their status of holding the best defensive record in the top flight. Szczesny is scheduled to return between the posts at Villa Park having been rested for the 2-0 FA Cup win over Tottenham last weekend. And the 23-year-old Pole, who has kept 14 clean sheets in all competitions, feels there is growing confidence in a back line which has developed into an effective unit - no matter what the personnel. "I prefer to play behind the same back four because we have got a very good understanding, but you have to give credit to the players that have come in, when everyone does as well as they been doing recently it really doesn't matter," Szczesny said. "Thomas Vermaelen has done really well when he has been in the team as have the others, like Nacho Monreal and Carl Jenkinson. "As long as the players coming in are in good shape and bring in the same principles into the game, it doesn't make much difference. "Hopefully they can maintain that form because the amount of clean sheets we have kept lately has made me very happy." Szczesny added in the Arsenal matchday magazine: "Clean sheets or something we have always wanted to improve because over the last few years we haven't been the strongest in the league defensively. "Last season we improved a lot, but I think now we are showing much more consistency in our defending. "There is still room for improvement, but I have to credit the defenders and the shape of the whole team." The current Arsenal defence may not yet have earned legendary status as the one which drove Wenger to his first Double in 1998 or on which the Invincibles of 2003/2004, but the French coach feels the foundations are promising. "We had a very stable and solid defensive record since the start of the season, with two blips - one was against Villa in the first game and one was when we played at Man City," he said. "But overall our defensive record has been absolutely top and that is what we want to keep until the end of the season, and even improve." Arsenal have a superb record at Villa Park, where they were last beaten in the Premier League back in December 1998. Monday's trip to the Midlands will also present an opportunity for the players to lay to rest their 3-1 home defeat by Paul Lambert's men on the opening day of the season which sparked much criticism of the direction Arsenal where heading. Wenger, though, insisted: "It is not about revenge. "The opening day of the season is not Villa's fault, and what happened after the game is not Villa's fault. "We just had to face dissatisfaction from people and our fans, that was completely normal. "Villa is just another game. What is always important is the next game and to produce a good performance." Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has once again emphasised he does not feel immune from the the sack, insisting he "never stops worrying" about it. Villa are on a poor run of form, having won only one and lost five of their last seven games in all competitions. The midlands outfit's record at their own ground for the entire campaign to date has been disappointing, with it showing just two victories and six defeats from 10 top-flight fixtures And last weekend they suffered a 2-1 FA Cup third-round reverse at Villa Park against Sheffield United - a club that have been struggling this term towards the lower end of Sky Bet League One. Lambert - under whom Villa finished 15th in the Premier League last season, his first in charge of the club - said after a 1-1 home draw with Swansea in December that although he has a good relationship with his chairman Randy Lerner, he always works with "that fear" of losing his job. Returning to the theme this week, Lambert said: "I never stop worrying. I'm not immune from it. "The relationship between me and Randy is what it is. You are never immune from anything, and I would never view it that way. "You just keep going - there is no secret formula to it. You just keep going and don't lose focus on what you are trying to do. I will never waver from that." Lambert has also been keen to stress how bad a week he has had off the back of the Sheffield United result. Before the game, he had caused a stir by saying that most fellow top-flight managers would probably prefer to do without the FA Cup. After the match - for which he fielded a first XI showing only four changes - he claimed that comment had been taken out of context. And asked ahead of the Arsenal contest how he had been feeling in the days since the cup tie, Lambert said: "The same way I do after every other game (Villa have lost). "I don't sleep great, I don't eat great. The usual stuff. "It is just the life of a football manager. It is a great job, but you don't feel great (after defeats). "And contrary to other people's reports, I never degraded the competition at all. "I tried to win the game, I put the best team out I possibly could and we got knocked out. Good luck to Sheffield United. We weren't good enough." There were boos from Villa fans at the final whistle in the Sheffield United game and while Lambert has expressed his understanding for the supporters' frustration, he has also called for them to "stick with it" and do all they can to help the team on Monday night. "I don't have any problem with the crowd," Lambert said. "If the team is not performing, then you expect people to vent their frustration - that is normal. "But we are a young side. "Last year, we played Newcastle at home and we were getting beaten 2-0 in the first half. "Then we scored, and for about 40 minutes, it didn't matter what we did, that crowd was right with us. They were brilliant that time. "Because you are in your second year, it might be a different view, but if they can stick with it and see us through the hard times when we need them... because we certainly need them. "They have been excellent for us overall, and we expect if we are not performing that certain things will happen. "But we're hoping on Monday that they will get right behind us." Villa will assess the condition of defenders Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker ahead of the Arsenal match. Both club captain Vlaar and Baker sat out the Sheffield United game with calf and hamstring problems respectively. Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, who also missed the cup tie, and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are fit despite having had niggles, but the contest is too soon for midfielder Chris Herd and defender Joe Bennett to make their comebacks after injury.

Formation:3511Manager: Paul Lambert

Aston Villa

Formation: 4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Bradley Guzan
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Ron Vlaar
  • Nathan Baker
  • Matthew Lowton
  • Karim El Ahmadi
  • Fabian Delph
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Antonio Luna
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • Christian Benteke
  • SUBS
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Nicklas Helenius
  • Andreas Weimann
  • Marc Albrighton
  • Jed Steer
  • Yacouba Sylla
  • Aleksandar Tonev

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Match Report

Form Guide

    LLLLDW
  • Aston Villa
  • VS
  • Arsenal
  • DLDWWW

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 3
  • Aston Villa
  • 17/08/2013
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 1
  • Aston Villa
  • 23/02/2013
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 24/11/2012
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 24/03/2012
  • Aston Villa
  • 1 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 21/12/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 15/05/2011

Top Scorers

Aston Villa

  • L Kozak 4
  • G Agbonlahor 3
  • C Benteke 3
  • K El Ahmadi 2
  • L Bacuna 2
  • F Delph 1
  • A Weimann 1
  • A Westwood 1
  • A Luna 1

Arsenal

  • A Ramsey 8
  • O Giroud 7
  • T Walcott 5
  • M Ozil 4
  • L Podolski 3
  • P Mertesacker 2
  • N Bendtner 2
  • J Wilshere 2
  • B Sagna 1
  • SG Cazorla 1
  • M Flamini 1
  • S Gnabry 1

Goals

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 44
    • Goals per game 19
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 64
    • Goals per game 39
  • 3 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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