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Arsenal 0 - Aston Villa 2 - Stats

0 - 2
Aston Villa

Premier League

Emirates Stadium

15/11/08 15:00

Attendance: 60,047

Referee: Old Mother Riley

ArsenalAston Villa
Clichy (og) 70, Agbonlahor 80
Almunia     Friedel    
Sagna     71 Laursen    
Gallas     Young    
Silvestre     Cuellar    
Clichy     Davies    
Walcott     Sidwell    
Fabregas     Barry    
Diaby     61 Petrov    
Denilson     Milner    
Nasri     Agbonlahor    
Bendtner     68 Young    
Fabianski     Guzan    
Toure     71 Knight    
Vela     68 Reo-Coker    
Ramsey     Harewood    
Song     Carew    
Djourou     Gardner    
Adebayor     61 Salifou    
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Add territorial advantage of 56.7% to the possession stats and you might think that this was a game we dominated. Not so I'm afraid. They had the same number of shots on target and generally they were more threatening attempts on goal than we could muster. We dominated midfield possession, with another strong performance from Denilson (90 passes 93% completion)less so from Cesc (71 passes 85% completion)who needed too long on the ball as there was little forward movement for him to benefit from. Villa contained our possession in areas that left us resorting for most of the first half to long balls trying to pick out Bendtner as Diaby was forced back into midfield. Once Diaby went off we then surrendered the ability to control their midfield without really being any more dangerous ourselves.

Date:Saturday November 15 2008
Time: 10:03PM


the pitch seemed slow today. long balls work if you a) win the ball and b) win the second ball,it seemed we hardly managed to do that. why was it ok for Riley to stop the game when one of their players gets injured but doesnt stop the game for our injured players,and why wasnt it a foul on vela for their second do you stop big fast center forwards? you put a big fast centre backs in we have any? djourou perhaps
fran merida
15/11/2008 23:00:00
Long balls don't work against a team set up like Villa and to win the second ball you have to have players close to the target man. It isn't a tactic for us and we wasted much of the first half in a silly attempt to pick Bendtner out. Bendtner took a lot of flak - unfairly for the most part - for a tactic that lacked imagination and creativity. The midfield set up was awful. Walcott can run very fast indeed and - well that's about it really.
15/11/2008 23:05:00
thats right walcotts final ball isnt very productive, people have a problem with bendtner cos his touch isnt the best...but i dont want to see him anywhere other than in the box getting on the end of crosses...i felt the biggest problem was that fabregas was off the boil...he had no spark...and looks like he needs a looks like we will have to win the mini league outright to make up for these lapses
fran merida
15/11/2008 23:25:00
well as hes suspended then we will see if there is life after cesc
fran merida
15/11/2008 23:29:00
What an awful, awful feeling it is today after that defeat. That defeat really feels like season over. This ain't a team that has the bottle, grit and I'm afraid to say the quality to win a trophy, despite what Arsene tells us.
16/11/2008 00:59:00
You guys getting nervous about qualifying for the Champions league this season?Villa probably should have won by more than 2,thats a bit unheard of for you at the emirates!Not trying to wind you up,its an honest question
16/11/2008 02:13:00
we are not good enough - its as simple as that. for all the good youngsters we have and for all the great football we play sometimes we havent got the fight, the will and the urge to battle. we will never win a trophy with the team that wenger fielded today. there are at least 3 players who arent able to cut it at this level - the only thing that gallas should captain is the titanic
16/11/2008 02:29:00
Sometimes as a fan you really do just have to accept critisism if it's the general consensus, however much you don't want to hear it and would prefer to adopt a siege mentality. Let me explain - the last two years Liverpool have taken it hard in the press over their league form and there have been three major bones of contention that jouro's always harped on about with us (bear with me there is a point to this). 1 - Zonal Marking. In this case the press were just being xenophobic to a foreign system. Yes we were initially suspect with it but once we got it working properly we became one of the tightest defences in the league. 2 - Rotation. Again some of the press's views were over-simplified and narrow-minded, but we have cut out the unnecessary changes this year and it's yielding results. 3 - width. Every reporter in the country used to scream about our lack of genuine width - we signed Riera and suddenly put the three together and it's starting to look good for us. Now this is relevant to Arsenal I think because everyone keeps going on at you about signing some big-name experienced players. They don't even have to be superstars outright so long as they are quality and proven and capable of filling the glaring holes in the Arsenal system. You need a centre-back, you definitely need an anchorman and you could probably do with another striker to ease the burden on Adebayor when RVP is missing (as he is frequently). What I'm saying though is that this is what rival fans and journo's have been telling you all season and still Wenger defends his young team. I'm sorry but what is the point in beating Manure only to lose the next week? If it were an isolated case then I could understand, but that's four defeats this season now for you lot. Spend in January or risk losing your CL place. (By the way I'm not actually doing a 'told you so' or anything, I want Arsenal to keep their CL place).
16/11/2008 02:49:00
forget about the title. the top 3 teams r too consistent to drop points. we should concentrate on qualifying for next season's UCL by getting 4th place. and hopefully as the season progresses, one of the top 3 teams drops more points than we do, maybe we can get 3rd place (if we can keep up with them).
16/11/2008 05:29:00
honestly, out of our 6 shots on taget, how many of them really troubled their keeper? the closet we got was Ade's header against the outside of the post. Wenger really should play a youth side in PL to wake up the starting eleven. we lose anyway. with a youth side, we don't feel as angry if we lose.
16/11/2008 05:32:00
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