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November 24, 2012 5:30 p.m. GMT
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 34607‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal

The Gunners' top four aspirations take a hit after being held by their organised and disciplined hosts in a match of few chances and even less quality at Villa Park

By Liam Twomey at Villa Park

  • Bradley Guzan
    9
    1
    2.50

    Bradley Guzan

    Made one good stop to deny Ramsey in the first half, but was otherwise untested by a toothless Arsenal attack.

  • Ron Vlaar
    11
    1
    2.50

    Ron Vlaar

    Organised his defence well to ensure prolonged spells of Arsenal possession did not turn into a siege. Forced off through injury five minutes into the second half.

  • Ciaran Clark
    10
    1
    3.00

    Ciaran Clark

    Already looks mature and composed on the ball, but he was occasionally troubled by the intelligent movement of Arsenal’s fluid attack. Made a fantastic late clearance to deny Gervinho a tap-in though.

  • Enda Stevens
    9
    1
    2.50

    Enda Stevens

    Fared reasonably well up against Oxlade-Chamberlain on his own, but understandably had difficulty when Jenkinson joined the attack. The protection he got from Weimann was patchy.

  • Matthew Lowton
    7
    2
    2.00

    Matthew Lowton

    Occasionally dazzled by the skill of Podolski, he acquitted himself well on the right flank. Less sure of his surroundings when shifted to centre-back following Vlaar’s injury.

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    7
    3
    2.50

    Karim El Ahmadi

    More effective out of possession, harrying the Arsenal midfielders, than he was on it. A less creative presence than Ireland, and withdrawn on the hour mark for Holman.

  • Ashley Westwood
    8
    2
    3.00

    Ashley Westwood

    His unfussiness and reliability in possession make him a good foil for Bannan in the centre of midfield, and he protected his defence reasonably well too.

  • Barry Bannan
    14
    2
    3.50

    Barry Bannan Top of the Match

    Constantly probing in midfield, providing the most reliable avenue of service to Villa’s attackers in difficult conditions. His set piece deliveries were also invariably dangerous.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    6
    6
    2.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Runs with pace but often without any real direction, and his impact in an attacking sense was minimal.

  • C. Benteke
    12
    2
    3.00

    C. Benteke

    Showcased some wonderful flicks and bullied the Arsenal defence on occasion with his strength, but was deprived of the service to win the match for his team.

  • Andreas Weimann
    10
    1
    3.00

    Andreas Weimann

    Worked his flank with the usual industry, but without the inspired movement which score him score two superb goals when Manchester United visited Villa Park.

Substitutions

  • Eric Lichaj
    7
    1
    2.00

    Eric Lichaj

    Looked vulnerable on his introduction in place of Vlaar, and both Arshavin and Gibbs enjoyed too much space down his flank.

  • Marc Albrighton
    6
    2

    Marc Albrighton

    Came on in the dying moments.

  • Brett Holman
    10
    1
    3.00

    Brett Holman

    A bundle of energy on his arrival with half an hour left, he was supremely unlucky to see his goal-bound shot from 25 yards parried onto the crossbar by Szczesny.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    34
    2
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Survived a hairy moment in the first half when he accidentally handled outside his area, but generally looked solid in dealing with the little danger a less than fluent Villa attack could muster. Did brilliantly to tip a fierce Holman effort onto the bar after the break.

  • Per Mertesacker
    28
    3
    3.00

    Per Mertesacker

    Had the ball more than any other player in the first half an hour, which says more about the quality of the opening exchanges than his influence, although he did ensure most of Benteke’s best work was done with his back to goal.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    23
    5
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    Tackled well and drove forward with the ball whenever he got the chance, as well as assisting Mertesacker in limiting the nuisance of Benteke.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    14
    17
    2.50

    Carl Jenkinson

    Shackled Agbonlahor down the left reasonably well and got forward at the right times to join Chamberlain in attack. Once there, however, his delivery was often poor.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    23
    7
    3.00

    Kieran Gibbs

    Had a fun battle with Weimann throughout which, thanks to some good passing and defensive positioning, he just about got the better of.

  • Mikel Arteta
    21
    11
    3.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of Thomas Vermaelen, he produced a mature and sensible display in front of the back four, breaking up Villa attacks and launching more than a few for his own team.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    18
    17
    2.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    His passing and movement were first-rate but, fated to have most of his team’s best chances, his finishing was not up to scratch.

  • Santi Cazorla
    21
    7
    2.50

    Santi Cazorla

    Showed flashes of class and and almost lit up the evening with a left-foot shot just wide in the first half, but in general this was one of his quieter nights.

  • Lukas Podolski
    10
    31
    2.00

    Lukas Podolski Flop of the Match

    Showed nice skill but not much penetration. On this evidence, it is no surprise he is the most substituted player in the Premier League.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    14
    17
    3.00

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Looked powerful and dangerous whenever he was allowed to drive at the Villa defence, and his withdrawal in place of Arshavin was a strange one.

  • Olivier Giroud
    22
    10
    2.50

    Olivier Giroud

    Linked play well up front and troubled Villa’s defence with his movement, but rarely found himself in a position to work Guzan.

Substitutions

  • Francis Coquelin
    9
    16

    Francis Coquelin

    Came on for Giroud with only injury time remaining to shore up the Arsenal midfield. Had an opportunity to get a cross in, but wildly over-hit it with the last kick of the game.

  • Andrey Arshavin
    21
    9
    2.00

    Andrey Arshavin

    Came on for Oxlade-Chamberlain but, aside from one dangerous ball which was cleared by Clark, he failed to exert much influence.

  • Gervinho
    7
    27
    2.00

    Gervinho

    The Ivorian replaced Podolski with 20 minutes left but offered little more in the way of a goal threat.

Results
 
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18 6
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15 2
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15 0