Arsenal v Aston Villa English Premier League Highlights Video

Barclays Premier League: Arsenal vs Aston Villa, Highlights Video, Match Report

Played at Venue: Emirates Stadium; Date: Saturday, 15 November
Aston Villa struck twice in the last 20 minutes to seal a deserved win and dent Arsenal's Premier League title hopes.

Arsenal vs Aston Villa Match Report
Aston Villa came away from the Emirates Stadium deserved 2-0 winners as they beat a very poor Arsenal side, whose title hopes lie in tatters after their fourth defeat of the season.

Martin O'Neill's team kept it solid at the back, working as a team to deny the Gunners time and space but had a deadly counter-attack spear-headed by the lightning-heeled Gabriel Agbonlahor.

The England striker scored the second, but put Gael Clichy under severe pressure to force the Frenchman to head into his own goal for the first.

A notice of intent was made early on by Villa. Manuel Almunia's hands were stinging after just 30 seconds of the game when Ashley Young unleashed a venomous 30-yard drive directly at the fit-again Arsenal keeper.

Aston Villa were presented with a golden opportunity to take the lead on 19 minutes after Theo Walcott had upended Ashley Young following a poor clearance by Clichy.

Ashley Young stepped up to take the penalty himself, but the Spanish keeper guessed right and turned the ball around his right post for a corner.

Ashley Young tried to make amends on the half-hour with a 35-yard snap-shot that had Almunia scampering across his goal but the ball flew just wide of the left post.

Arsenal were pushing their luck and were again in debt to their keeper in the 35th minute when he saved a Gareth Barry shot from the edge of the area. Villa were cutting through Arsenal's defence too easily and too often.

Arsenal tried to inject some urgency into their game after the interval, but to little avail. Villa, for their part started to defend more deeply, relying on the speed of Agbonlahor on the counter-attack.

Arsene Wenger introduced Emmanuel Adebayor in place of Abou Diaby in the 61st minute, switching to a two-pronged attack. He then introduced midweek goal hero Carlos Vela ten minutes later.

However, it was Villa who took the lead in the 70th minute, somewhat controversially.

With Bacary Sagna down injured, Ashley Young took advantage with a burst down the right side and his cross into the box was headed into his own net by Clichy, under pressure from Agbonlahor.

A minute later Adebayor forced the first real save of the match from Brad Friedel, who managed to parry the Togolese striker's header.

Arsenal's afternoon deteriorated further and the controversy magnified as Villa doubled their lead in the 80th minute.

While the Gunners appealed for a free-kick for a foul on Vela just outside the Villa area, Martin Laursen punted a long ball up field for Agbonlahor to chase.

He showed good strength again William Gallas before firing a low shot that Almunia could only help into the net.

Friedel kept his side's winning margin intact with a fine close-range save from Cesc Fabregas but the four minutes of stoppage time may have well been 40 as Arsenal never looked liked scoring.

A combination of resolute defending and passionless play from the home side saw to that. For O'Neill it was job done and the three points saw Villa draw level on points with the Gunners, but just behind them on goal difference.

O'Neill overjoyed at Villa victory

Wenger frustrated by Gunners' form

Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna (Toure 71), Gallas, Silvestre, Clichy, Walcott, Fabregas, Denilson, Nasri, Diaby (Adebayor 61), Bendtner (Vela 68).

Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Ramsey, Song Billong, Djourou.

Booked: Denilson, Fabregas.

Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Laursen, Davies, Luke Young, Ashley Young, Sidwell, Petrov, Barry, Milner, Agbonlahor.

Subs Not Used: Guzan, Harewood, Carew, Knight, Salifou, Reo-Coker, Gardner.

Booked: Friedel, Barry, Agbonlahor, Sidwell.

Goals: Clichy 70 og, Agbonlahor 80.

Att: 60,047

Ref: Mike Riley (Yorkshire).

Arsenal vs Aston Villa EPL Highlights Video

Arsenal vs Aston Villa EPL Goals Clichy 70' og & Agbonlahor 80'

ARSENAL 0-1 ASTON VILLA. Some lovely build-up play results in a cracking cross from Young that finds Agbonlahor whose shot takes a big deflection off CLICHY and beats Almunia.

ARSENAL 0-2 ASTON VILLA. AGBONLAHOR doubles Villa's lead with a very quick counter-attack. Davies lumps the ball upfield catching out the Arsenal defence and Agbonlahor sprints away before placing the ball past Almunia.

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