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Aston Villa   2 - 4   Arsenal

Andrey Arshavin (left) celebrates with Jack Wilshere after giving Arsenal the lead at Aston Villa
Arshavin (left) celebrates with Wilshere after giving Arsenal the lead

By Mandeep Sanghera

Arsenal ended a tumultuous week by holding off a spirited Aston Villa fightback to earn victory.

Andrey Arshavin cut in from the left to fire in a shot and Samir Nasri volleyed home to put the Gunners 2-0 up.

Ciaran Clark gave Villa hope with an 18-yard strike, although Marouane Chamakh's poked shot for the visitors appeared to have put Arsenal safe.

But Clark nodded in to set up a tense finale before Jack Wilshere's injury-time header secured victory.

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The Gunners let a two-goal advantage slip last Saturday when they lost 3-2 to Tottenham and, despite securing another two-goal lead at Villa Park, they looked unconvincing as they almost threw it away again.

Credit, though, must go to a depleted Villa, who went into the game with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Marc Albrighton added to a lengthy injury list but raised themselves after a poor first half to give their opponents a scare.

Arsenal, who were beaten by Braga in the Champions League on Tuesday and lost captain Cesc Fabregas to injury in the process, held on to move briefly to the top of the Premier League, until Manchester United thrashed Blackburn later in the day.

Although the win helped the Gunners improve on the top-flight's best away record, it remains to be seen whether it will translate into a firm title push.

Arsenal have flattered to deceive too many times this season, digging out hard-fought wins at Blackburn and Everton only to shoot themselves in the foot with home defeats by West Brom, Newcastle and Tottenham.

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Against Villa, Arsenal's performance encapsulated their season to date as they quickly got into the groove of producing their pretty patterns of eye-catching football but then relinquished control of the game.

Villa left-back Stephen Warnock was almost punished for giving the ball away in the opening minute when Arshavin put Chamakh through before home keeper Brad Friedel came to his team-mate's rescue by blocking at the striker's feet.

Tomas Rosicky flashed a shot across goal and Nasri sent a drive just wide as Arsenal picked and probed at Villa.

The home side were struggling but almost punished the visitors for their profligacy when Clark flicked on a Stewart Downing cross for Ashley Young at the far post but the winger - seemingly from an offside position - fired over from close range.

It was a rare sight of goal for a Villa side that was spending most of the time trying to keep Arsenal at bay and the pressure finally told when James Collins and Luke Young both missed a clearance.

Arshavin gathered possession on the left flank before driving at goal and angling in a shot, which Friedel got a hand to but could not keep out.

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Immediately after, Nasri rounded Friedel before shooting into the side-netting before atoning for the miss when he volleyed home Arshavin's corner from the edge of the area via a Luke Young deflection.

Arsenal were denied a third when Chamakh had a header brilliantly kept out by a reflex save from Friedel before the home side, who took off ex-Gunners star Robert Pires at half-time, came out and went at Arsenal after the break.

They were rewarded when Clark chested down a Sebastien Squillaci clearance and powered in a shot, although Villa striker John Carew was in an offside position blocking Gunners keeper Lukasz Fabianski's view.

Rosicky played Chamakh through to restore Arsenal's two-goal cushion only for Clark to renew Villa's hopes of preserving their unbeaten home record by nodding in off the crossbar after Richard Dunne's header across goal from a corner.

A shaky Arsenal had to show their dogged side to hold on to their lead and confirmed their win when Chamakh picked out an unmarked Wilshere to head in from point-blank range for his first Premier League goal.

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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 2-4 Arsenal FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Clark 52
  • Clark 70
  • Arshavin 39
  • Nasri 45
  • Chamakh 56
  • Wilshere 90+3

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 38,544
ASTON VILLA
ARSENAL

Possession

  • Aston Villa 40%
  • Arsenal 60%

Attempts on target

  • Aston Villa 4
  • Arsenal 10

Attempts off target

  • Aston Villa 2
  • Arsenal 7

Corners

  • Aston Villa 3
  • Arsenal 8

Fouls

  • Aston Villa 10
  • Arsenal 7
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:26 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+3:18 Substitution Tomas Rosicky goes off and Johan Djourou comes on.
  • 90:00+2:27 Assist on the goal came from Marouane Chamakh.
  • 90:00+2:27 GOAL - Jack WilshereAston Villa 2 - 4 Arsenal Jack Wilshere finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Aston Villa 2-4 Arsenal.
  • 90:00+1:06 Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 87:41 Tomas Rosicky takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Kieran Gibbs. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 85:13 Substitution Barry Bannan goes off and Chris Herd comes on.
  • 84:12 Substitution Neves Denilson replaces Andrey Arshavin.
  • 84:12 Substitution Kieran Gibbs replaces Samir Nasri.
  • 84:01 Jack Wilshere has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 82:54 Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, Richard Dunne takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 80:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Chamakh on Ciaran Clark. Luke Young restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ciaran Clark on Laurent Koscielny. Lukasz Fabianski takes the direct free kick.
  • 76:43 Richard Dunne takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 76:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Chamakh on Richard Dunne. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.
  • 76:11 Booking Marouane Chamakh is cautioned.
  • 75:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Young on Samir Nasri. Samir Nasri takes the direct free kick.
  • 74:01 A cross is delivered by Samir Nasri.
  • 73:11 Stewart Downing concedes a free kick for a foul on Bacary Sagna. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
  • 72:21 Shot from just outside the area by Andrey Arshavin misses to the right of the target.
  • 70:00 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ashley Young, the assist for the goal came from Richard Dunne.
  • 70:00 GOAL - Ciaran ClarkAston Villa 2 - 3 Arsenal Ciaran Clark grabs a headed goal from close range. Aston Villa 2-3 Arsenal.
  • 69:36 The ball is crossed by Stephen Ireland, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
  • 68:48 The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrey Arshavin. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:54 Effort from inside the area by Ciaran Clark misses to the right of the target.
  • 67:41 Stewart Downing crosses the ball, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 67:24 The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, clearance by Tomas Rosicky.
  • 65:53 Substitution John Carew goes off and Stephen Ireland comes on.
  • 60:30 Effort on goal by Andrey Arshavin from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 60:01 Unfair challenge on Sebastien Squillaci by John Carew results in a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
  • 59:29 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nathan Delfouneso. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stewart Downing by Marouane Chamakh. James Collins takes the direct free kick.
  • 57:55 A cross is delivered by Jack Wilshere, save by Brad Friedel.
  • 55:08 Assist by Tomas Rosicky.
  • 55:08 GOAL - Marouane ChamakhAston Villa 1 - 3 Arsenal Goal scored by Marouane Chamakh from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-3 Arsenal.
  • 54:51 John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Song. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.
  • 52:00 Ciaran Clark challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
  • 52:00 Booking Ciaran Clark goes into the book.
  • 51:02 GOAL - Ciaran ClarkAston Villa 1 - 2 Arsenal Ciaran Clark gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal.
  • 49:33 Unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Andrey Arshavin results in a free kick. Ashley Young takes the direct free kick.
  • 48:45 Jack Wilshere fouled by Ciaran Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastien Squillaci restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:17 The ball is delivered by Ashley Young, clearance by Bacary Sagna.
  • 46:25 The referee blows for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Nathan Delfouneso replaces Robert Pires.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:04 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+1:01 Unfair challenge on Sebastien Squillaci by John Carew results in a free kick. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:11 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line, assist on the goal came from Andrey Arshavin.
  • 44:11 GOAL - Samir NasriAston Villa 0 - 2 Arsenal Samir Nasri scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal.
  • 43:31 Bacary Sagna produces a cross, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 39:30 Close range effort by Samir Nasri misses to the left of the target.
  • 38:29 Lukasz Fabianski provided the assist for the goal.
  • 38:29 GOAL - Andrey ArshavinAston Villa 0 - 1 Arsenal Andrey Arshavin gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal.
  • 36:24 The ball is swung over by Stephen Warnock, clearance made by Sebastien Squillaci.
  • 33:55 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line, clearance by Richard Dunne.
  • 32:39 Andrey Arshavin takes the inswinging corner, John Carew manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:43 Unfair challenge on Stewart Downing by Gael Clichy results in a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
  • 30:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Pires on Bacary Sagna. Direct free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
  • 28:03 Inswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line played to the near post, save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 27:15 Corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Ashley Young.
  • 27:08 Samir Nasri crosses the ball, Stephen Warnock manages to make a clearance.
  • 25:17 The assistant referee flags for offside against Marouane Chamakh. James Collins takes the indirect free kick.
  • 25:08 The assistant referee signals for offside against John Carew. Sebastien Squillaci restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:27 Stewart Downing delivers the ball, Close range shot by Ashley Young clears the bar.
  • 22:52 Samir Nasri takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
  • 22:24 Short corner worked by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 17:21 Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, clearance by Tomas Rosicky.
  • 16:44 Effort from outside the penalty box by Samir Nasri goes wide right of the goal.
  • 16:15 Corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
  • 16:06 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
  • 13:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Stewart Downing. Free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 13:24 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 12:53 John Carew is ruled offside. Lukasz Fabianski takes the indirect free kick.
  • 6:28 Foul by Stephen Warnock on Sebastien Squillaci, free kick awarded. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:46 Marouane Chamakh produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
  • 5:02 The ball is sent over by Gael Clichy, save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 4:24 Bacary Sagna sends in a cross.
  • 2:58 Shot by Tomas Rosicky from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 0:22 Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Clearance made by James Collins.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 15 19 31
2 Arsenal 15 15 29
3 Chelsea 14 19 28
4 Man City 15 8 26
5 Bolton 15 6 23
6 Tottenham 14 2 22
7 Sunderland 15 1 20
8 Stoke 15 0 20
9 Liverpool 14 -1 19
10 Blackpool 15 -6 19
11 West Brom 15 -6 19
12 Newcastle 14 1 18
13 Blackburn 15 -7 18
14 Birmingham 15 -2 17
15 Aston Villa 15 -7 17
16 Everton 15 -2 16
17 Fulham 15 -3 15
18 Wigan 15 -15 14
19 Wolves 15 -10 12
20 West Ham 15 -12 12

see also
Arsenal resolve impresses Wenger
27 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Saturday football photos
27 Nov 10 |  Premier League


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