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So we set off from Villa Park this morning not knowing what to expect. Would Villa just bow down to The Arsenal from the Capital or could we do what no one expected us to do? It was the latter at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.

The game started and you could already feel the absence of The Fear *cough cough* (I have been told to say that) and Villa started very brightly indeed. Villa who was without Nicky Shorey also dropped Nigel Reo-Coker and Stiliyan Petrov returned from injury. Villa was causing all sorts of problems for Arsenal in the first few minutes with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young ripping the full backs to pieces. Ashley Young had a shot well saved by Almunia after just a minute. Arsenal then had one of their only half chances. Walcott ran down the right but his cross flashed across the penalty area. Fabregas had a good chance after that however but Friedel pushed his shot out and the Villa defence cleared. Just after this Ashley Young went over, Mike Riley correctly signaled a penalty for the Villa. Gareth Barry had gone down injured during the process and had to go off the pitch, hence why Ashley Young stepped up. He took it with a very odd run up and it was well saved by Almunia.

Gutted. Sidwell then quickly made a great run from midfield but his shot was straight at Almunia. Ashley Young then had another two good chances either go wide or saved by the keeper and then Gareth Barry missed a sitter after Villa broke once again.

Half time came and we were fearing the worst after not taking our chances.

Villa made a good start to the second half and had another two chances. The first from an Ashley Young free kick and the second a header from Gareth Barry`s corner.
Then on 70 minutes Ashley Young broke down the left, put in a great cross and Gabby went up to challenge Clichy and Clichy put it into his own net. Arsenal 0-1 Villa thoroughly deserved. Then just ten minutes later, Agbonlahor ran onto a ball from Martin Laursen and stroked the ball calmly into the net to make it 2-0. Game over by then surely. Arsenal threw everything they could at Villa but it was Villa`s day and was no more than the Villa deserved.

Star Player

Ashley Young

Player Ratings

Friedel: 7

Solid game.


Played left back, did his job, got forward well.

Cuellar: 8

Played right back and was superb throughout.

Davies: 8

Magnificent, put his head where it hurts and required stitches at HT

Laursen: 8


Barry: 7

Off the pace at times but a strong performance nevertheless

Sidwell: 8

Ran the midfield. Did what Reo-Coker is supposed to do, but better, and got forward.

Petrov: 8

What a relief it is to have Stan back. Great game.

Milner: 7

Crossing and passing poor at times but helped Gabby out massively with the headers.

Young: 9

Superb. Even though he missed the penalty he was brilliant throughout the game.

Gabby: 8

Did what a brilliant centre forward does best. Great performance.


Brilliant turn out by Villans as always. Drowned out the Emirates noise (if there was any)

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday November 16 2008
Time: 10:08AM


Great stuff, thanks Randy.Stand
The Fear
16/11/2008 10:15:00
My star player would have to be Gabby, think he warrants a 10. Can't think what else he could've done that he didn't. Just superb.
16/11/2008 12:44:00
great result lads, a little better than the other one you had in the capital recently :-)
16/11/2008 19:37:00
Try managing on a slightly more realistic transfer budget Merlin.....hardly a level playing field is it? We're doing it the hard way, but we're getting there.....
17/11/2008 06:20:00
I'll second the comment on Gabby, V-i-C. Did anyone else see the MOTD slow-mo analysis showing him starting off 20 yards behind Theo, chasing him down towards our own box, overtaking him at real pace and taking the ball off him. Superb, and what a brilliant team effort from a man that some constantly call 'lazy'.
17/11/2008 11:03:00
Agreed bobthebuilder - look at the second goal again - he had pace to burn and this was after 80 mins!!! He was playing up on his own, tracked back and ran his socks of and STILL made that run so late on!!! SUPERB
17/11/2008 15:49:00
What the hell happens when Bouma, Carew and NRC/Shorey want a game? Not to mention Gardner, Routledge and Salifou. All said and done - this is the result that tw@ Bendtner snatched from us last season at their place. GET IN!!! I said it before, NRC can have all the fitness in the world but without a cultured pass and a true footballing brain like Sidders, Barry and Petrov then he must be very worried indeed.....
17/11/2008 17:19:00
Not as good as that chap Glensiders reports Simon. I find that I agree with his excellent pieces of work 100%, while yours I can only agree with 99%. Still, reasonable effort all the same. Plus, I dont think that you are quite as good looking as him.
17/11/2008 18:36:00
Gabby was indeed superb. A repeat of the complete centre-forward role he performed so admirably at The Riverside last season. Why oh why do certain punters so question his ability and value to the Villa cause? Still a developing talent, he's already one class act.
17/11/2008 18:38:00
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