Arsenal 2 - 1 Aston Villa

Match info: Premier League at Emirates Stadium

Date: 23/02/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Atkinson Att: 60,079

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Santi Cazorla 6,85


A Villa

Andreas Weimann 68

FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • Arsenal 2 Aston Villa 1. Two goals from Cazorla see the Gunners over the line. They were made to work hard by Villa, but kept knocking on the door and were able to make their second half pressure tell.

  • All about keeping possession now for Arsenal, but Koscielny gives the ball away. One last push from Villa, but Lowton can't find Dawkins. Long ball forward from the back by Villa, but the ball bounces through to Szczesny.

  • Party tricks from Ramsey. Arsenal moving the ball from one side to the other. Podolski then drifts into space. He cuts the ball back, but Wilshere ends up sending a cross out of play for a goal kick. The clock ticks down.

  • Final change for Arsenal as they look to shut up shop. Walcott makes his way off, slowly, to be replaced by Koscielny. Gunners taking no chances.

  • Clark well forward for Villa, but a Dawkins cross can't find him. El Ahmadi then sends the ball wide to Weimann, who has drifted offside despite looking right along the line.

  • Four minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

  • Cazorla working hard to close down in the final third. His efforts are rewarded as the ball runs loose to Walcott. He drills goalwards, but straight at Guzan.

  • Guzan hammers the ball long. Benteke wins the ball well in the air and finds Agbonlahor. He has Lowton moving outside him, but his low cross is gathered by Szczesny.

  • Arsenal now prepared to take their foot off the gas a little and start running down the clock. They aren't throwing everyone forward, despite calls from the crowd to keep pressing.

  • Szczesny able to gather as Lowton presses. Arsenal able to spring clear and release Walcott down their right. He has no options in the middle so shoots from a tight angle. Not his best, as the ball sails well wide.

  • Surely there is no way back now for Villa. They set out their stall to play for a point and have left themselves with virtually no time in which to find a leveller.

  • GOAL ARSENAL - CAZORLA. At last the pressure tells and Arsenal reclaim the lead. Wilshere feeds Monreal down the left and he centres for Cazorla to sweep home.

  • Villa struggling to clear, before Bennett lumps clear from in front of Arteta. Benteke can't make the ball stick and Arsenal come again. One-way traffic at the moment.

  • Cazorla drills across the face of goal, forcing Lowton to put the ball behind again. So many corners for Arsenal, but they are yet to make one count. This one doesn't either.

  • Dawkins, on loan from Tottenham is sent on by Villa. The forward-thinking N'Zogbia is sacrificed by Lambert. With play back underway, Giroud volleys behind when under no pressure. Wasteful.

  • Walcott delivers right onto the head of Giroud. He is unmarked six yards out, but nods right down the middle. Guzan able to touch the ball onto the crossbar and over. The second corner is put behind by Mertesacker.

  • Guzan has to move out of his box to clear, with the ball having slipped away from him. Arsenal come again. Wilshere hangs a cross towards Walcott from the left flank. Bennett glances behind. Corner to Arsenal, which results in another.

  • Ramsey bends a cross into the Villa box. Lowton at the back post to nod behind for a corner. Walcott trots over to take. His delivery is palmed to safety by Guzan.

  • In-play update from Skybet. Can the Gunners avoid another poor result? They are now 11/8 to beat Aston Villa, who are 10/1 to snatch all three points.

  • Giroud fires a tame shot straight at Guzan. Arsenal trying everything, but Villa are standing firm. There is, however, still a long time for them to hold out and they need to try and offer some sort of attacking threat.


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