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FA Cup

  • January 29, 2012
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 60019

FA Cup Preview: Arsenal - Aston Villa

FA Cup Preview: Arsenal - Aston Villa

Arsen Wenger - Arsenal

Hosts have lost last three league games but Frenchman boasts incredible home record in this competition, though McLeish tasted victory last time the two bosses met in a cup tie



Yennaris, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Miquel

 Song, Arteta

Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Arshavin
Van Persie

Aston Villa

Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock
Agbonlahor, Ireland, Petrov, Albrighton
Bent, Keane

Arsenal has a fairly full treatment room with various long-term absentees such as Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna still missing from the squad. However, Arsene Wenger may have duo Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta available for selection in this fourth-round FA Cup tie.

Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh are also both unavailable on duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Nicholas Yennaris is likely to play some part in the fixture after he replaced Johan Djourou during the loss against Manchester United.

Aston Villa's attacking options have been replenished with Gabriel Agbonlahor, Emile Heskey and Darren Bent returning from their respective problems, creating a potential selection headache following loanee Robbie Keane's brace against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Alex McLeish also has Stephen Ireland available for the tie, after he missed the win against Wolves with a hamstring injury. One blow for the Villans though is the heel injury to Charles N'Zogbia, which continues to rule him out.

  • Arsenal has lost just one of 33 home FA Cup ties under Arsene Wenger, not including the void victory over Sheffield United.
  • The north London club also has a good home record this season, losing only twice across all competitions.
  • So far this season Wenger has used 32 squad players, more than in any other previous campaign.
  • Robin van Persie (pictured right) is the Gunners' top goalscorer this campaign, with 23, compared to eight from Villa's leading scorer, Darren Bent.
  • The only clubs to have won the FA Cup more times than Aston Villa's seven are Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs; however the Villans' most recent triumph was in 1957.
  • Aston Villa has taken more league points from Arsenal at the Emirates than any other team, only losing once in their five visits, winning and drawing twice each.
  • Villans' striker Darren Bent, who was a Gunners' fan as a child, has scored six goals in his last eight appearances against these opponents.
  • The last time that Villa beat a top-flight club in the FA Cup was in 2000; since then it has lost four and drawn once against teams in the highest division.
  • The sides have met nine times in the FA Cup before, with the Gunners progressing six times to Villa's three.
  • The last time Wenger met McLeish in a cup competition was the League Cup final in 2011, when the Frenchman's team lost 2-1 to the Scot's Birmingham side.

Last Five Matches

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