Full-time - 90'
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17:30 +00:00, November 24, 2012
Villa Park, England
Anyway, that's your lot for tonight. Thanks for joining me. See you next time.
A pretty dire game really. Villa probably deserved to edge it and played some promising football at times. Arsenal produced a real lacklustre performance. Frustrating.
And there goes the full time whistle.
Coquelin finds himself in space on the right but a terrible cross goes out for a goal kick. What a waste.
Jenkinson gets a ball in from the right but it just fails to pick out Gibbs.
Cazorla nearly picks out the run of Arshavin who would have been in on goal but it s just underhit.
Three minutes of added time to play...
Albrighton comes on for Weimann.
It seems like we're heading for a bore draw...
Arshavin with a great ball in from the left but Clark makes a vital interception just as Gervinho looked like scoring.
Boos ring out from the Arsenal fans after that change. Seems Wenger is settling for the point.
Coquelin comes on for Giroud.
Gibbs picks out Giroud in the box but the Frenchman miskicks.
It's all Arsenal at the moment. But they can't seem to make any of their moves work.
Arshavin sends another ball in but Villa clear.
Cazorla picks out Arshavin with a nice pass but the Russian's cross is deflected into the arms of Guzan.
Arsenal come forward but Giroud gives it away cheaply. Villa break down the other end with Benteke but Mertesacker does well to get across and clear the danger.
Can Villa make this period of pressure count?
Bannan's free-kick is headed tamely wide by Benteke.
Arsenal are living on the edge. Some sloppy passing nearly puts them in trouble.
Arshavin loses the ball with his first touch and concedes a free-kick.
Holman with a thundering 25-yard strike.It is destined for the back of the net but Szczesny gets a touch on it to turn it onto the bar.
Arshavin comes on for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The young Englishman has impressed at times tonight but has also gone missing a little.
Ramsey does well to turn and beat a man before firing in a shot from the edge of the box that sails just wide.
Bannan finds Benteke at the far post with a free-kick but Szczesny makes a comfortable save.
You do sense that Villa look like grabbing the goal, if there is to be one that is.
Benteke gets a ball in from the right but Jenkinson manages to backheel it away with Weimann right behind him.
Villa get it clear.
Stevens does well to block an Oxlade-Chamberlain cross. Corner.
Gervinho with his first touch of the game loses control of the ball as he tries to beat a man down the left and it goes off for a goal kick.
Ramsey fires in an effort at goal but Bannan blocks.
Podolski has come off for Gervinho. The German has yet to finish a game for Arsenal. He was rather quiet tonight.
Arsenal's defence has looked vulnerable tonight when Villa have run at them.
Gervinho is getting ready to come on.
Some nice play between Weimann and Benteke eventually sees Agbonlahor work in a shot at goal from just inside the area. Good save from Szczesny to deny the Villa player.
Arsenal should think about bringing on Gervinho. They could do with his pace in trying to break down Villa's defence - something they are struggling to do currently.
Cazorla fails in trying to pick out the run of Giroud.
Villa are not giving Arsenal any time on the ball today.
Some sloppy play from Arsenal allows Weimann to get a ball in from the right. Koscielny makes a great defensive header to clear with Benteke ready to pounce.
Villa have conceded 17 second-half league goals this season - equal-most with Southampton.
Holman comes on for El Ahmadi.
Giroud gets his head to a Cazorla corner and Ramsey arrives at the far post but volleys it over. Should have done better.
Podolski finds himself in space in the Villa box and gets the shot in but Lowton does well to get the block in.
Lichaj sends in a ball from the right but Szczesny collects.
Arsenal are finding it hard to escape from their own half at the moment. A really good spell for the home side.
Bannan sends in another corner and Benteke's header is deflected wide for yet another corner but this time Arsenal clear it away to safety.
Ramsey gets his head to a dangerous Bannan delivery.
Podolski gives the ball away and Villa capitalise. Benteke goes for the shot but it deflects wide.
Giroud tries a Hollywood pass to Gibbs but it is a little over-ambitious and goes out for the throw.
A great run from Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right as he beats Clark and picks out Ramsey in the box but the midfielder is unable to direct his shot on target from a tricky angle.
Benteke does well to bring down a pass but the referee blows the whistle for a handball from the striker.
Arsenal will hope to exploit the Villa defence with the impressive Vlaar now missing.
Bannan picks out Clark with the free-kick but the defender is unable to control the pass.
Agbonlahor does well to beat Mertesacker and Cazorla to win the free-kick. He has been a real livewire tonight.
Giroud with a poor shot at goal from distance. Arsene Wenger is far from impressed on the touchline.
Lichaj comes on for the injured Vlaar.
Koscielny makes a good interception to stop a Villa move and the defender sprints up the other end of the pitch as Arsenal attack. Oxlade-Chamberlain loses it though.
For once Giroud's touch lets him down tonight and an encouraging Arsenal move comes to an end.
Podolski finds himself down the left but his cross is too close to Guzan.
A lively start to the second half.
Westwood fires a shot at goal but it is straight at Szczesny.
Cazorla plays a one-two with Giroud before firing an effort towards the top corner from outside the area. It sails just over. Unlucky.
Villa have started the half well and are passing it around nicely.
Westwood plays a ball over the top to Agbonlahor down the right but the winger is unable to deliver a decent cross.
Aston Villa get the second half going. No changes from either side.
Not a vintage first half. Villa have edged it and played some decent stuff. Arsenal have yet to really get going although they should be one up through Koscielny. Let's hope the second half is an improvement.
And there goes the half-time whistle.
El Ahmadi tries to slide in Agbonlahor but Mertesacker does well to intercept. A ball comes in from the left but Koscielny clears to safety.
Arsenal should have broken the deadlock. Giroud manages to pick out Koscielny from the right with a ball across the face of goal, however, the defender can only blaze over from close range.
El Ahmadi slides a dangerous ball in from the right. Szczesny does well to smother.
Arteta's free-kick in is headed clear by Clark.
The game is beginning to get little more open. The Villa Park crowd are starting to find their voice.
And Villa come close with Agbonlahor as he gets a run in on goal only for Mertesacker to make a fine sliding tackle.
Villa have a goal disallowed for offside. Weimann is offside has he strikes an effort into the back of the net. Let-off for Arsenal.
Szczesny is penalised for catching the ball but holding onto it as he slides out of the area. Free-kick for Villa. Unlucky for the keeper as it is very slippery.
Cazorla's long-range strike is blocked. Arsenal starting to pile on the pressure.
This game has yet to really come to life. A goal would be good.
Some lovely passing from Arsenal outside Villa's box eventually comes to an end as Cazorla's pass is intercepted.
It is absolutely pouring it down here at Villa Park.
Ramsey's pass to Oxlade-Chamberlain is overhit.
Giroud has been involved in a lot of Arsenal's attacks so far. Always looking for the ball.
Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain try to play the one-two but Clark is there to intercept.
Jenksinson tries to whip in a ball from the right after latching onto Podolski's pass but Stevens does well to block.
Arsenal are starting to up their game now.
Guzan makes a great save with his foot to deny a shot from Ramsey, following some good work from Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right.
Gibbs, however, does well to intercept and races into the Villa box and tries to pick out Podolski but the German is just unable to get to it. Guzan smothers the ball.
After some lovely work from Cazorla, Podolski gives it away.
Cazorla tries to open up the defence with a pass to Gibbs but Agbonlahor does well to track back.
Giroud this time with a woeful pass to concede possession to Villa.
Stevens looks for the run of Weimann but the Villa man is offside.
Giroud is constantly dropping deep to pick up the ball.
The Gunners give it away again. This time Jenkinson's touch lets him down.
Arsenal are finding it hard to impose themselves properly on this game.
Arsenal were lucky there as they gave the ball away in a dangerous position.
El Ahmadi is booked for diving.
Oxlade-Chamberlain does well to cut in from the right and force a shot in at goal but it goes just wide.
The Villa crowd are applauding Stiliyan Petrov currently.
Jenkinson wastes a cross that goes out for a throw.
Villa have been passing it around nicely. Arsenal should probably take note.
Benteke gets his head to Westwood's corner but it falls wide.
Bannan tries to pick out the run of Benteke into the box but Gibbs gets an important header on it to clear for a corner.
Arsenal are struggling to keep the ball here.
Arsenal look to attack but Podolski's ball to Giroud is very poor.
Bannan tries a shot from long range but it was never troubling Szczesny.
El Ahmadi whips in a ball from the right that Arsenal eventually scramble away. Desperate stuff from the Gunners.
Bannan picks out Lowton with another cross-field ball. His passing has been of a high standard so far.
Villa are enjoying a period of sustained pressure at the moment. They are making Arsenal's defence work.
Bannan sends in the corner but Benteke just fails to get his head to it.
Westwood picks out Weimann on the left. The Villa man tries to bend a cross in but Szczesny palms it off for a corner.
Benteke wins a header to tee up Agbonlahor on the edge of the box but Ramsey gets the challenge in just as the Villa man was looking to pull the trigger.
Podolski tries to slot in Gibbs but Vlaar does well to intercept.
Arsenal are playing keep-ball at the minute.
But Bannan's delivery is long and it goes out for a goal kick.
Villa with a free-kick in a dangerous position...
Szczesny does well to beat Benteke to a ball played through the middle and averts the danger.
Jenkinson tries to play in Oxlade-Chamberlain but the pair have their wires crossed and nothing comes of it.
Giroud has shown what a threat his aerial presence can be, winning two big headers already.
Stevens tries to send in a cross from the left but it is poor and goes off for a goal kick.
Bannan picks out Stevens with a fine cross-field ball but the left back loses control of it and it goes off for the throw.
Gibbs slides a ball in across the face of goal but nobody in an Arsenal shirt is there to meet it.
Agbonlahor does well to intercept a Cazorla pass and breaks forward for Villa but Oxlade-Chamberlain does well to track back.
A decent start then for the away side who are taking the game to their opponents from the off.
Cazorla's corner comes in but it misses everyone and goes out for the throw.
Giroud sends in a dangerous ball but Vlaar heads clear for the corner.
Paul Lambert is watching the game from the stands as he has a one-match touchline ban.
Podolski plays in Gibbs but the left back is offside.
Cazorla tries to play in Gibbs down the left but Lowton gets the tackle in.
Arsenal starting to pass it around nicely with Cazorla heavily involved.
Mertesacker is put under pressure by Agbonlahor and is forced to pass back to Szczesny who clears.
And Arsenal get things underway...
The players are out onto the pitch. We are moments away from kick-off...
Arsenal make four changes to the side that beat Tottenham last week. Gibbs, Jenkinson, Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain come in for Vermaelen, Sagna, Wilshere and Walcott.
Villa make one change from the side that lost at Manchester City last week, Karim El Ahmadi replaces Stephen Ireland.
Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Giroud.
Subs: Sagna, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Coquelin, Arshavin, Mannone, Gervinho.
Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Stevens, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Bannan, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.
Subs: Given, Ireland, Albrighton, Holman, Delph, Bowery, Lichaj.
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Karim El Ahmadi