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Aston Villa 2 - Arsenal 2 - Stats

Aston Villa
2 - 2

Premier League

Villa Park

26/12/08 17:15

Attendance: 42,585

Referee: Lee Mason

Aston VillaArsenal
Barry (pen) 65 Knight 90 Denilson 40 Diaby 49
Friedel     Almunia    
Young     Sagna    
Davies     Toure    
Knight     Gallas    
Barry     Silvestre    
Petrov     Eboue    
Reo-Coker     Diaby    
Milner     Denilson    
Sidwell     Song     43
Young     Nasri     82
Agbonlahor     va Persie    
Guzan     Fabianski    
Shorey     Clichy     82
Salifou     Ramsey     43
Gardner     Wilshere    
Osbourne     Bendtner    
Harewood     Vela    
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
We've had to get used to Jekyll and Hyde performances in matches this season and this was just one such event. Despite claims to the contrary there is a lot of quality in this team but not enough experience. Song's departure from midfield was costly as his replacement Ramsey gave the ball away a good deal more than Song did. Denilson on the other hand gave a man of the match performance passing more frequently and accurately than any other midfielder, won the ball more often and came up with a goal too. The much maligned Eboue is also worth a mention. With 47 passes 79% completion, 1 assist, 2 assist attempts, 4 balls won and a shot on goal the contention that he isn't worth a place in Arsenal's squad isn't based on any realistic evaluation of fundamentals. This was a keenly fought midfield contest and passing accuracy was below the levels we normally see from an Arsenal side but there was plenty of combativity as well as quality on show. Though our 30 tackles didn't match the 39 of Villa we at least had as much success with them. There is some encouragement to be taken from the game not least because without Cesc and Ade we seemed to have dropped our over use of the long ball. Play the ball along the ground a little more and we look much more confident. Just a little more confidence and we might have come away with all the points today.

Date:Friday December 26 2008
Time: 8:20PM


Ramsey also gave the ball away in dangerous positions on the pitch. There's a thin line between complacency and safe play, and I thought he should just have booted it upfield a few times. Denilson puts in the same amount of effort every game, something that I've come to expect from him. Song was always living a bit dangerously, having been booked early. Diaby had a decent game, RvP & Nasri were largely anonymous. Eboue had a good game, and he makes Sagna look a lot better.
26/12/2008 20:25:00
I would say that he (Eboue) allows Sagna to play better, rather than making him look good. I think Walcott, on the other hand, makes him play worse.
26/12/2008 20:33:00
I thought RvP put in a really good stint as a lone striker. When we got the ball forward he was always looking to try to make things happen and worked hard to win the ball back. Quite were he he gets this 'lack of team player' tag from I really don't understand. Nasri faded quite markedly in the 2nd half - not quite fit maybe?
26/12/2008 20:40:00
Ramsey did give the ball away a couple of times but Song also misplaced or overhit passes. I thought Ramsey did very well and I noted his immense desire to track back and help his defence out. I think he's going to be outstanding for us in the future, I really do. What we missed what Song's muscle. I also thought van Persie did well considering he was up by himself. But why is it that teams seem to be able to attack against us so easily?
26/12/2008 21:25:00
I think he is a great team player. Just never striker a direct partnership with the other striker. But thats not only his fault.
26/12/2008 21:27:00
Wenger has said on a post-match interview on the bbc wesbite that he isn't likely to make a move in the transfer window at the moment....great!
26/12/2008 21:30:00
It is great news. Wenger always lies. Read what he says and tike the entirely opposite view on it. The rule of thumb.
26/12/2008 21:33:00
Song passed with 85% accuracy and Ramsey with 74%.
26/12/2008 21:40:00
a good day for the top 4!!
26/12/2008 22:17:00
I thought we looked a lot better with Ramsey on the field. His passing accuracy stat may look worse than Song's because he was being more ambitious and creative with his passing. Song got some very simple passes wrong in the first half. RvP played as well as could be expected considering the little support he recieved.
27/12/2008 00:14:00
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