Premier League

  • 32’ M. Özil
  • 34’ D. Welbeck
  • 36’ A. Cissokho (OG)
0 Half Time 3
Premier League
Villa Park
Attendance 40,013


    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      It's all over at Villa Park! The Gunners pick up their second win of the season and continue their unbeaten start.
    • 45'
      Villa deliver in the free kick but it is dealt with well by Arsenal. The hosts keep possession, but cannot find a way through and we head to the break in Birmingham with Arsenal well in front.
    • 90'
      Arsenal milking away this stoppage time with some more quick passing moves. The ball is worked out to Gibbs on the left, in a surprising change of tempo, but the defender can only send his cross into the arms of Guzan.
    • 0'
      Up next for the Gunners, they return to the Emirates to take on their North London rivals, while Villa travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea. I am Alex Moretto and I would like to thank you all for joining me today. Good bye!
    • 0'
      FULL TIME: ASTON VILLA 0-3 ARSENAL. Three minutes in the first half were enough to decide the match well before the break, as Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and an Aly Cissokho own goal distanced the Gunners enough for them to coast through the second half.
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      STAT ATTACK: Mesut Ozil scored and assisted a goal in the space of one minute and 19 seconds in the first half.
    • 0'
      HALF TIME: ASTON VILLA 0-3 ARSENAL. After 30 minutes, it was the hosts who looked the likelier team to break the deadlock. However, three goal in four minutes after some wonderful build-up play and clinical finishing, the Gunners have stormed out to a commanding lead at the intermission. Villa's und
    • 0'
      UPDATE: After originally appearing on the team sheet, Alexis Sanchez has been scratched from the XI and will be replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
    • 0'
      Ron Vlaar and Joe Cole have not recovered in time, thus have been left out of the squad for today by Paul Lambert. Ciaran Clark slots in for Nathan Baker at the back, who did so well at Anfield last weekend. Other than that, no changes to Paul Lambert's side who beat Liverpool 1-0 a week ago.
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      ASTON VILLA SUBS: Okore, Bacuna, Sanchez, N'Zogbia, Given, Lowton, Grealish.
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      ASTON VILLA (4-2-3-1): Guzan; Hutton, Clark, Senderos, Cissokho; Cleverley, Delph; Weimann, Westwood, Richardson; Agbonlahor.
    • 0'
      Encouraging news for Arsene Wenger as Calum Chambers and Mikel Arteta have been deemed fit enough to start, the former slotting in for the injured Mathieu Debuchy. In midfield, Arteta will take up a deeper role in the centre, between Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and M
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      ARSENAL SUBS: Sanchez, Ospina, Coquelin, Diaby, Rosicky, Wilshere, Podolski.
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      ARSENAL (4-5-1): Szczesny; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Arteta, Ramsey, Ozil; Welbeck.
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      The teams have been announced, so let us have ourselves a look at the starting line-ups:
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      Aston Villa sits in second place in the Premier League as we enter week five, despite recording just six shots on goal, the fewest in the top flight. Their defence has been impeccable, however, carrying the side to three victories and a draw from their opening four fixtures and keeping a league high
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      Arsenal are in need of a bit of a boost today having picked up maximum points just once from their opening four fixtures. The Gunners have yet to lose a Premier League match, however, three draws from four has them sitting seventh entering the weekend, behind North London rivals Tottenham, who have
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      Good afternoon Premier League fans around the world, and welcome to Birmingham, where two of the three unbeaten teams remaining in the top flight get set to do battle at Villa Park. I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game host, guiding you through the match LIVE as it happens!
    • 1'
      Arsenal kick-off and we are underway at Villa Park! The visitors, moving right to left, are wearing their yellow tops and blue shorts, with Aston Villa sporting their classing dark red with light blue sleeves.
    • 3'
      AGONIZINGLY CLOSE! Szczesny does a horrible job with his pass from the back, giving it straight away to Villa. Delph charges forward, works a one-two with Weimann, then unleashes a wrong-footed shot from the top of the box. Atoning for his earlier miscue, Szczesny dives down to his left and knocks t
    • 5'
      Welbeck! He really has to hit the target from there. The deadline day addition takes a pass from 25 yards out, finds space and tries to curl a shot inside the far corner, but misses by quite a few feet.
    • 7'
      Arsenal win a corner now as Oxlade-Chamberlain gets into a threatening position along the right. Cazorla delivers, but Clark makes a strong headed clearance to sniff out the danger. They break on a counter, but Weimann's pass for Richardson runs too far and Szczesny comes out to collect.
    • 9'
      TEAM NEWS: Ashley Westwood was a late scratch from the Villa line-up as a result of a bug rumored to be going through the team. He is replaced in the starting XI by Carlos Sanchez.
    • 11'
      Cagey start to the match with both sides failing look very convincing on the ball. A number of stray passes in midfield have created a bit of a pinball effect, with possession being wasted at an alarming rate early on.
    • 13'
      Important intervention from Koscielny! Another giveaway by Arsenal in midfield allows Villa to break on a counter. Richardson gets up along the left and tries to thread a pass in to meet the run of Agbonlahor, but the centre-back reads it well as he rushes across to clear the danger.
    • 15'
      Ramsey gives it away now and Gibbs just manages to bail him out! The Welshman passes straight to Delph at the top of the Arsenal area. The midfielder crosses into the box, but a fortunate bounce for the visitors allows the left-back to clear. Wenger will not be happy with his side's performance earl
    • 17'
      STAT ATTACK: Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 matches at Villa Park. Their last defeat came back in 1998, when they squandered a 2-0 half time lead thanks to second half goals from Julian Joachim and a Dion Dublin brace.
    • 19'
      Gibbs wins the visitors a corner after Cleverley's back-tracking was able to sniff out the run of the left-back. The ball is delivered in, and falls to Welbeck who tries a rather acrobatic volley which sees the chance go begging.
    • 20'
      RAMSEY! Another corner for Arsenal, this one is cleared, but falls kindly for the Welshman atop the area. He unleashes a drive, but narrowly misses at the near post. Better, that, from the visitors.
    • 22'
      C. Chambers is yellow-carded.
    • 22'
      Dangerous tackle from Calum Chambers, who earns the first yellow of the match. Agbonlahor beats the right-back with his pace, forcing him into a rash challenge. Free kick to the hosts from 30 yards out along the left.
    • 23'
      BRILLIANT SAVE FROM SZCZESNY! A wonderful delivery towards the far post is met by Clark. The defender gets his head to it, but Szczesny scurries across and makes himself big, somehow managing to keep the ball out!
    • 25'
      Arsenal seem to be mounting a bit of pressure on the Aston Villa goal, but Cazorla just takes his eyes off the ball, gets dispossessed by Weimann, and the hosts break on a counter. Koscielny gets back well, however, to deal with Agbonlahor.
    • 27'
      Welbeck looks to take on Senderos, with a turnover allowing Arsenal to break in numbers. The striker spots the run of Ozil, who is calling out for a pass, but the German is lined up in an offside position. Needs to be smarter there, does Ozil, who has not had the best of starts to the new season.
    • 29'
      Arsenal are getting their fair share of possession, but as Liverpool found last week, it is not an easy task to break down this Villa defence. The hosts are playing this like they are away from home, sitting back and staying disciplined in defence, while looking for a quick strike on the counter.
    • 31'
      STAT ATTACK: The Gunners' 11 victories away from home were most in the Premier League last season.
    • 32'
      G M. Özil Assist D. Welbeck
    • 32'
      The assist came from D. Welbeck.
    • 32'
      Lovely passing move from the visitors. Mertesacker picks out Ramsey, then a string of one-touch passes by the Welshman, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Welbeck send Ozil through on goal. The German has the goal at his mercy, and puts the visitors in front with one of the calmest finishes you will ever see.
    • 32'
    • 34'
      G D. Welbeck Assist D. Welbeck
    • 34'
      The assist came from M. Özil.
    • 34'
      Another brilliantly worked move as Welbeck lays off for Ramsey, who picks out Ozil along the left. The German slides a sensational ball across the face of goal that the striker turns in. Two goals in 79 seconds for the Gunners!
    • 34'
    • 36'
      Gibbs picks up a loose ball atop the area after a deflection, and pushes forward. He blazes it across the box, and whether the intent was a shot or a pass is irrelevant at this point. Cissokho sees it running to Oxlade-Chamberlain at the far post and tries to turn it behind, but instead puts it into
    • 36'
    • 39'
      The hosts are completely shell shocked! Their flawless start to the season has been undone in less than four minutes! It was all going quite well for Paul Lanbert's team, who did not look at all like conceding. But credit to Arsenal who were absolutely clinical in the build-up to those goals.
    • 41'
      STAT ATTACK: Only Sunderland and Fulham (11) lost more home matches than Aston Villa (10) last season. Their minus seven goal differential at Villa Park was also worst among teams above the drop.
    • 43'
      Arsenal keep possession well here. It looks like Villa are trying to just ride this wave out until half time where they can regroup. Will they even be up for the second half? It will be a real test of their character to see how they perform in these final 45 minutes.
    • 45'
      Two minutes to be added on as Fabian Delph is attended to after picking up a knock.
    • 46'
      SI J. Grealish SO D. Welbeck
    • 46'
      J. Grealish enters play, replacing A. Weimann.
    • 46'
      Jack Grealish is on to start the second half in an effort to get Villa back into this game. The 19-year-old enters in place of Andreas Weimann as the hosts get this final frame underway.
    • 48'
      Arsenal keeping possession well early on. Villa's spirits are down quite a bit, and understandably so. Carlos Sanchez has had a difficult go in midfield. The hosts really do seem to be missing the services of Westwood who was a late scratch for this one.
    • 50'
      The home fans growing restless with Sanchez, who is caught in possession and then concedes a foul in midfield. Arsenal flowing with confidence at the moment, passing it around nicely, forcing Villa to chase the game.
    • 52'
      Villa extremely hesitant on the ball. Ozil and Ramsey commanding play in midfield. The hosts win it back on a couple of occasions, but are immediately caught out from behind, allowing Arsenal to keep the ball. The traveling supporters are in full voice, delighted by the play of their team on this su
    • 54'
      STAT ATTACK: Arsenal are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League matches (W6, D3). The last time they went 10 matches unbeaten was to close out the 2012-13 season.
    • 56'
      A. Ramsey is yellow-carded.
    • 56'
      Agbonlahor certainly appears to be up for this match still. The forward does well to beat Mertesacker and force Ramsey into a tackle which earns him a yellow card. The ensuing free kick is delivered into the area well. Cleverley cuts it back, but Koscielny is there to deal with the threat.
    • 58'
      Ramsey gives away a cheap corner and it nearly results in the opener for Villa. Clark gets on the end of the cross at the far post, brings it down and looks to have a go. Oxlade-Chamberlain courageously dives in and gets a vital block to sniff out the chance.
    • 60'
      Risky challenge by Chambers who gets a stern talking to from the referee. The right-back is already on a yellow card and that should serve as his last warning. Wenger may be wise to use his first substitution to find a replacement for the defender.
    • 62'
      Lovely one-two from Arsenal as Chambers and Oxlade-Chamberlain link up along the right. The defender sends a teasing ball into the box, but Senderos does well to beat Ramsey to the ball and push it behind for a corner.
    • 64'
      Successive corners for the Gunners, who are begging to take the game to Villa now. Cazorla delivers and it is met by Koscielny, but referee Mike Jones blows the play dead for a foul in the area. Pressure relieved, for now.
    • 66'
      Villa are getting their chances to push forward and search for a consolation goal, but it is all going wrong for them in the final third. This may have been a long time coming for the hosts, who had scored four goals on just six attempts on target coming into the match.
    • 68'
      STAT ATTACK: Only Chelsea had more than the 17 clean sheets Arsenal kept last season, however, the Gunners are one of just three teams yet to keep one this season, along with Sunderland and West Ham.
    • 70'
      Any semblance of pace has been sucked out of the match as we enter the final 20 minutes. With the result already all but finalized, both teams appear content on getting this over with.
    • 72'
      The hosts are hardly going down with much of a fight. All 11 players waiting in their own half as Arsenal pass it around amongst their defenders. No pressure on the ball carries has made life incredibly easy for the Gunners, who remain reluctant to give up possession.
    • 74'
      Incredibly disappointing from Paul Lambert's side, who had a real opportunity to take advantage of Arsenal's mid-week journey across Europe and steal something from this match. They haven't looked like a top table team here today, laying down without so much as a whimper.
    • 76'
      Grealish concedes possession in his own end and concedes a free kick, much to the delight of the visiting supporters, who have been in full voice throughout this match.
    • 77'
      SI C. N'Zogbia SO D. Welbeck
    • 77'
      K. Richardson is done for the day. C. N'Zogbia is his replacement.
    • 78'
      SI J. Wilshere SO D. Welbeck
    • 78'
      SI T. Rosický SO D. Welbeck
    • 78'
      SI L. Podolski SO D. Welbeck
    • 78'
      L. Podolski comes on for D. Welbeck.
    • 78'
      T. Rosický enters play, replacing A. Oxlade-Chamberlain.
    • 78'
      A. Ramsey is replaced with J. Wilshere.
    • 78'
      The stoppage allows for a flurry of substitutions, with Lukas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere entering the match in place of Welbeck, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey. Charles N'Zogbia is also introduced by the hosts.
    • 80'
      Arsenal have hardly conceded possession in the last 10 minutes and do not look like giving it away any time soon. For the time being, the substitutes have done nothing to liven up the match, which has become incredibly tedious.
    • 82'
      Nasty tackle from Clark. There looked to be some real intent to injure Podolski there, as he came sliding in to clean him up with no eyes for the ball. Mike Jones may have had half a mind to send him off there. Hardly an apologetic response from the Villa man, either.
    • 83'
      C. Clark receives a yellow card.
    • 84'
      J. Wilshere goes into the referee's book.
    • 84'
      Perhaps in retaliation, Jack Wilshere picks up a yellow card of his own for a similar tackle. The midfielder coming to the defence of his teammate, just minutes later.
    • 86'
      SI L. Bacuna SO D. Welbeck
    • 86'
      C. Sánchez is done for the day. L. Bacuna is his replacement.
    • 86'
      It is a night where the 'what ifs?' will reign supreme for Paul Lambert. Clark nearly gave the visitors the lead in the first half, if not for a fine save from Szczesny. The match would have played out incredibly different no doubt had the hosts taken an early lead.
    • 88'
      Drifting into the final moments of the match now as Aston Villa muster up their first real possession since the break. Arsenal have kept 80 percent of the ball throughout the second half, a staggering number when you consider which side needed the goals.
    • 90'
      The minutes mercilessly added on by the assistant referee...

    Line Up




    Dean Smith
    Mikel Arteta



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 11 10
    Yellow Cards 1 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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