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Aston Villa showed how far they have come under boss Martin O'Neill this afternoon - but it was sadly not enough to overcome an in-form Arsenal side.

However, every cloud has a silver lining (that's not literally true, although I wasted a summer of my life in Snowdonia trying to get rich before finding that out) and there were some impressive individual performances at Villa Park today.

The poll, on the right-hand side of the page, asks for YOUR view on who was Villa's man-of-the-match today - with all of the starting XI and the two substitutes available to choose. So many options, it's a tough challenge. Not as tough as John Carew's challenge on Aliaksandr Hleb during the game, but...

This month has just begun, and despite today's (admittedly predictable) setback, it could well be a December to remember, with five more games before the end of the year. With the possible exception of the trip to Chelsea on Boxing Day, none of the matches should be as difficult as today's game...hopefully!

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Writer:Derry Villan
Date:Saturday December 1 2007
Time: 7:28PM


We lost, but the signs are still good. Lots to be optimistic about. Arsenal are a super team and we matched them in the second half. All four defeats this season have been from teams above us in the league. To beat (or not lose to) teams above us on a regular basis is the very next step we have to take.
01/12/2007 19:37:00
hard luck lads but you gave it a good shot!
01/12/2007 20:21:00
Cheers Merlin. We did give it a good go and it was a real test of character for Arsenal.
01/12/2007 20:24:00
I sincerely hope you make it to the CL next season (as long as its not at our expense though). I have a lot of time for O'neill, for his pressure attacking football & for the Villa fans, who have on the whole been superb throughout this past week. Good luck for the rest of the season!!
Ashburton Gooner
01/12/2007 20:28:00
We don't expect CL at all. We should make a good attempt for top six and uefa cup.
01/12/2007 20:29:00
randy.stand, you should be more optomistic than that!! You have outplayed Chelski this season when you weren't even playing that well, you came up against a rampant Man Utd team at the wrong time & you have pushed us all the way today & could easily have taken a point. If Villa can keep all their top players fit, then I don't see why you can't push either Liverpool or Chelski out of the top 4, both of them are inconsistent & the rest of the league after them is pretty average. I bet no other team demolishes Blackburn at Ewood Park this season like Villa done the other night!! Have some faith & you may just do it!!
Ashburton Gooner
01/12/2007 20:50:00
Blimey Ashburton - you can come back here again!
The Usual Suspect
01/12/2007 21:02:00
I thought Young was the most potent player in the pitch for Villa, he put in a lot of crosses, and I was impressed by his performance. Carew was also dangerous. Good luck for the rest of the season !!
01/12/2007 21:10:00
I'm starting to like Arsenal fans! Seriously though, I thought that we missed Reo-Coker's bite today, especially in the first half. Overall, I feel a draw would have been a fair result, but fair play to Arsenal, they are easily the best passing team there is at the moment. Have to say that when you consider the fact that MON has only been here for just over a year, the signs are very good.
01/12/2007 22:08:00
Olof's best game at full back too. Thought we had some very good performances today: Gabby, Shaun, Freddy, and even Zat at times. But best of all - at last - was big John. He was excellent.
01/12/2007 22:34:00
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