Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Team line-ups, half-time thoughts and match chat
Written by Chris on November 27, 2010 12:50
Not easy. Aston Villa away from home are always a tough nut to crack but having failed to keep a two goal lead against Tottenham Hotspur last week we simply have to win this one in order to stay close to Chelsea and Manchester United.
Captain Cesc Fabregas is of course absent. He was rated 50-50 when we played them at the Emirates last December, started from the bench but came on as a substitute in the second half and changed the game. This won’t happen this afternoon but hopefully other players can take the lead, leading us to success.
The game kicks-off at 12:45 in the UK. Let’s hope to bounce back from all the disappointment we had to suffer last week and get all three points from Villa Park.
I never predict the outcome of our games but let’s just say I have a nice feeling going into this one, maybe because it’s an away fixture in the Premier League, who knows.
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Friedel, Young, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Pires, Bannan, Clark, Downing, Young, Carew
Subs: Ireland, Delfouneso, Guzan, Beye, Hogg, Lichaj, Herd
Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Rosicky, Nasri, Song, Wilshere, Arshavin, Chamakh
Subs: Szezesny, Djourou, Gibbs, Van Persie, Walcott, Denilson, Bendtner
Half-Time Thoughts and Analysis
And just like last week, a fantastic first half of football comes to an end with the Gunners ahead by two goals to nil.
With Tomas Rosicky starting in the centre, Andrey Arshavin on the left and Samir Nasri on the right, Arsenal dominated the first 45 minutes with the Russian playing his best game of the season so far. In five minutes, he scored the first, produced a phenomenal through pass for Samir Nasri and then delivered the corner for the Frenchman.
THIS, is the Andrey Arshavin I always want. Switching from left to right, running, fighting, scoring and producing assists. I said in the preview how he could be one of the best and he’s not just one of the, he is the best out there.
At half time, it’s Aston Villa nil, Arsenal two.