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FA Cup Fourth Round

Emirates Stadium


Attendance: 60,019

Referee: Jones

ArsenalAston Villa
Van Persie (pen 54, pen 61), Walcott (57)Dunne (33), Bent (45+1)
Fabianski     Given    
Mertesacker     Hutton    
Vermaelen     Dunne    
Koscielny     Cuellar    
Rosicky     71 Warnock    
Walcott     89 Clark    
Oxlade-Chamberlain     89 Petrov     82
Ramsey     Ireland    
Song     Bent    
Coquelin     Agonlahor     71
Van Persie     Keane    
Szczesny     Guzan    
Sagna     89 Lichaj    
Arteta     71 Baker    
Arshavin     Bannan     82
Benayoun     Gardner     71
Park Chu-Young     Heskey    
Henry     89 Weimann    
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday January 29 2012
Time: 6:02PM


Lack of concentration and rash challenges lost that game...No need for Dunne to make that challenge, given would have got the ball and Bent was over excited, could of easily been avoided.
29/01/2012 18:09:00
Didn't see the game as not on in NZ (historic cup so why the hell not!!) so I have just read the match report. First glance we look a tad unlucky but then it looks like defensive errors and miscued clearances have cost us, oh and a certain clumsy Dunne yet again.........when will that doofus learn ffs! Could have been up against MON also, ah well.
holte ender 1969
29/01/2012 18:12:00
Your fault McClueless why decide at half time to give them all the posession second half. But I think we all knew what was coming.
29/01/2012 18:13:00
bit harsh fulford.... arsenal changed formation and had a good 2nd half team talk. They came at us in droves and the defense crumbled. Single as. Me personally I thought we had bite that has been lacking in previous games. Well done villa for 2-0... Defense still needs work!
29/01/2012 18:42:00
*simple as... doh!
29/01/2012 18:44:00
agree maigrait, but McLeish has to be blamed for everything, whether its his fault or not. Not sure why McLeish was to blame for Bent's tackla and lack of fight/ interest late on. Or for Dunne's reckless challenge, which was a shame because Dunne was fully committed and played with a real will to win.
29/01/2012 19:28:00
More positives to take from this game than most of the games I've seen. With the midfield and attack looking decent, it's the same old defensive problems again!!!! No ability on the ball, rash challenges and a general sluggishness!! All season all 4/5 (carlos) of them have been sub standard. Surely the focus of any summer spending!
29/01/2012 21:11:00
Two harsh penalties and a goal scored with the arm of a player that wasn't even looking. First penalty, the ball was in Given's hands by the time the challenge came in, for the second Cuellar (I believe it was him) had already stepped across and gained possession before Bent's challenge. Warnock was BADLY at fault on the hand-ball goal - got beat far too easily. Referee was a joke - Van Persie looked to see where Cuellar was and swung his elbow. The biggest shame was that the referee was five yards away. And we won't even get into the "offside" given when Gardner ran in behind their defence.... Shocking, shocking decisions....
29/01/2012 22:02:00
So was it a blatant elbow then? And will the ref be able to claim he saw/ didn't see it?
29/01/2012 22:21:00
had to watch it on ESPN as couldn't make the game. TV clearly shows RVP look at Cuellar first before sticking his elbow in but we all know he'll get off with it. As for the pens, Dunne's was blatant and he was lucky to stay on the pitch (having already been booked) but Bent got the ball and it was a joke decision not to mention the two footed lung by the gooners right back that the ref decided not to bother looking at. Difficult to defend Bent when he plays like tonight but why we persist in trying to make one of the premierships top poachers into Emile effin heskey is beyond me, he needs the ball played in either down the channels or from the wings not played to him with his back to goal 40 yards out.
29/01/2012 23:04:00
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