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Team News: Aston Villa vs Arsenal

These Saturday night kick-offs have rarely been kind to The Arsenal and we have another one to overcome this evening.

The boys have travelled to Birmingham to tackle an Aston Villa side who currently find themselves in the relegation zone.

Fresh of the back of qualification to the knock-out stages of the Champions League, Arsene`s Army will look to take another step closer to the top four. We generally do well at Villa Park and anything other the a win will be pretty disappointing in truth.

Let`s check out the team.

Arsenal team: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Giroud

Subs: Mannone, Sagna, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Coquelin, Arshavin, Gervinho

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Date:Saturday November 24 2012
Time: 5:24PM

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Yes come on you gunners because you're the last team in my acca & Villa are a shocking side. This could potentially rekindle some hatred i once held for your club.
24/11/2012 17:30:00
So far, it's been just as predicted; very keenly contested. I feel we edge it, territorially speaking but the pressing of the Villa players was rather discomfiting, initially. The conditions haven't helped matters and I worry that goals may be conceded from slips or errors resulting from the slippery pitch.
24/11/2012 18:21:00
The Ox has to take this opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the starting team. Giroud is hardly getting service and is being forced wide to become provider whereas, he will benefit more from being a recipient. I thought the ref was not fair to Szczesny for that yellow card incident when the keeper's momentum took him out of his box to handle the ball outside. The conditions are torrid and Agbonlahor did have his hand on the keeper which may have helped the Szczesny on his way too.
24/11/2012 18:28:00
Game is there for our taking. We look better with Gibbs back in the side. Need to be more decisive when attacking.
24/11/2012 18:31:00
Maybe, it should have been Cazorla for Arshavin. Ox is just coming into the game and with Gervinho on, that may be two luxuries we can do without.
24/11/2012 19:04:00
Not pleased with this result as it was an opportunity to go above Everton and remain with the top teams. We should be winning games like this. It was open at times and we cannot say Villa parked the bus against us. With 3 games every week as we go into December, a lot will be demanded of our boys seeing as we have players who are not used to such fixture glut in a season.
24/11/2012 19:26:00
Abject. Appalling substitutions to boot, utterly clueless both on and off the pitch.
24/11/2012 19:29:00
Too much reliance on Cazorla to make things happen. Transfer window can't come quick enough. We need striker and GK. I have to say i don't really see the point of Gervinho. Dare I say it, we needed the runs of Theo to get behind them.
24/11/2012 19:29:00
**** XMAS COMES AGAIN TO ARSE ****..... the goal should have stood cos even tho' the Villan was standing ahead of the Arse backline, wait for it...... wait for it peeps..... the ball was struck and last came off an Arse player before presenting itself to the Villan to stroke in.... so so lucky (again)..... so so stale
24/11/2012 19:31:00
Chalk this one up to Wenger. Jenks, Ramsey & Ox may well be very good players in 2 or 3 years time but picking all three of them to start this game is little different from fielding a league cup side. Cazorla has started every game but Sagna needs a rest??? Gervinho couldn't start? Whatever their talent the inexperience and consequent lack of coordination and poor decision making was evident. Fortunately Villa are a poor side otherwise our embarrassment would have been even greater. Poor team selection.
24/11/2012 19:32:00
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