Saturday August 17, 2013 Day 1 Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 1 - 3 Aston Villa

  • Giroud 6’
  • Benteke 23’, 62’ (pen.)
  • Luna 85’

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    Premier League - Wenger booed as Koscielny sees red in 10-man Arsenal defeat to Villa

    Arsene Wenger was booed by sections of the Arsenal support as his 10-man side crashed to a wretched 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Aston Villa
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle. All over. A 3-1 win for the visitors. Can't say they didn't deserve the three points.
    • 90+1' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 89 He is at least going to be okay here after some treatment. Meanwhile, more Arsenal fans stream out of the ground.
    • 88' A bad injury for Sagna as he challenged for a high ball. Fell almost on his neck. Needing some attention here.
    • 87' Wiemann departs for Leandro Bacuna as the Villa fans continue their celebrations.
    • 86' The Arsenal fans are heading for the exit doors. They have seen enough. Those who remain are aiming a few unsavoury chants at Arsene Wenger. As you would expect.
    • 85' Changes coming here for Villa, and their delighted manager Paul Lambert. The Villa fans are going to have a good night out tonight, one would suspect.
    • 84' Goodness knows what the Arsenal players were thinking about? Down to 10 men, and they are throwing every man up the park.
    • 83' GOAL! Luna races from his own half before cracking the ball into the net via a post. Arsenal all at sea. Game over. Villa lead 3-1.
    • 82' Luna cuts the ball off at source as Walcott tried to throw over a piercing cross.
    • 81' All or nothing now for Arsenal. At the moment, it looks like nothing. Villa are playing a smart game. And have every man in their own half.
    • 80' Wilshere tries to come up a spot on inspiration, but his shot from distance is easily held by Guzan.
    • 79' Only the Villa fans can be heard inside the Emirates though you hear the frustration among the home fans.
    • 78' Chance for Benteke to seal the deal, but he drives the ball wide of goal inside the home area with only Szczesny to beat.
    • 77' Paul Lambert looking as animated as when he won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund. Guzan off his line to clasp a cross.
    • 76' Another booking here. Cazorla late this time on El Ahmadi.
    • 75' Cazorla sees a volley come back off the bar after Guzan had got a touch on it. Great stop by Guzan, and probably deserved the luck as the ball came back off his woodwork via the deck. Cazorla can't fathom how that stayed out.
    • 74' Jenkinson flattens Delph with a late, late challenge. A free-kick to Villa before Arsenal retrieve seconds later.
    • 73' Some smart play by Villa here. They don't need to go anywhere with it. They have the extra man, and that should count for so much in these closing stages.
    • 72' Villa sitting deep and hitting on the break. Rosicky with the hopeful cross, but Vlaar deals well with the danger to clear. And the visiting side can slow it down.
    • 71' One more goal would surely kill this one for the visitors. Wenger looks a figure of discontent on the bench. He knows what is coming at full-time if they don't turn this around.
    • 70' Nice play by Giroud to play in his team-mate. Arsenal have been trying those short passes all afternoon, but that one came off. Villa have the lead with under 20 minutes left.
    • 69' Chance for Rosicky in the Villa box, but Guzan is off his line like a hare to make a superb block. Just what Villa needed there.
    • 68' Sagna on the run for Arsenal. The 10 men still see life in this match yet.
    • 67' Offside flag goes up against Giroud after he tried to bundle himself beyond a few opposition defenders.
    • 66' Christian Benteke scores his 16th Premier League goal of 2013. Arsenal concede two penalties in a Premier League match for the first time since their 4-4 draw at Newcastle, Feb 5th 2011 – they had led 4-0 in that match.
    • 65' Arsenal with a free-kick chance, but Walcott sends an effort spinning well wide of the visiting goal. Villa will take those all day long.
    • 64' Arsenal don't have their troubles to seek. The home fans stunned by these goings on. What a chance of three points at the Emirates for Villa.
    • 63' RED CARD! Laurent Koscielny with a wretched attempt at a tackle on Weimann. And he is off the park. Arsenal down to 10 men here.
    • 62' The Villa fans in heaven in the away. What a start to the season this would be for Lambert's side. Suddenly they have their tails up as Westwood is booked for careering late into Wilshere.
    • 61' A couple of goals from Benteke. Now there is real pressure on Arsenal. Will they turn to one of their new signings? Oh right...forgot there for a second..
    • 60' GOAL! Benteke slides the ball to his left. Szczesny opts for his left and the visiting side lead 2-1. Would you believe this?
    • 59' Koscielny can't believe that decision, but he has been done for pace. Got a touch on the ball, but it wasn't the best of challenges. He is booked.
    • 58' PENALTY TO VILLA! Koscielny late on Agbonlahor, and that is a second penalty to the visitors.
    • 57' Benteke collects a yellow card for stopping Ramsey in his tracks out wide with a late challenge.
    • 56' Giroud rises highest 12 yards out, but can't get enough power or direction on the header as the ball drops well wide of the target.
    • 55' Luna rising before clearing the danger with Walcott on the run. Villa being pushed back.
    • 54' Wilshere almost swings a late boot in the direction of Lowton, who caught him late. Wilshere needs to watch his reaction. Being easily wound up.
    • 53' Mertesacker crashes into the back of Agbonlahor. And that will be a free-kick to the visitors in their own half.
    • 52' Delph sees a shot come back off a post from distance. Arsenal kept backing off. And almost pay the price. Ball runs to safety. Szczesny was beaten there.
    • 51' Glorious chance for Rosicky on the run, but he rushes his shot from the Giroud pass before firing the shot well over.
    • 50' Again a bit of a disappointing atmosphere inside the Emirates today as Giroud sees a shot blocked in the Villa area. Guzan alert to collect the loose ball.
    • 49' Clark - on for Baker after 18 minutes - and he does well to clear the danger from Jenkinson's cross.
    • 48' Wilshere goes to ground after a late challenge by Agbonlahor. Free-kick, but Arsenal lose possession moments later
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    • 46' Arsenal get the second half off and running. Oxlade-Chamberlain off for Santi Cazorla for Arsenal.
    • 45+4' The whistle sounds for the end of the first period. Villa hit back having trailed 1-0. Should be an interesting second half.
    • 45+2' Luna has been booked for some reason after colliding with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out wide. Was nothing in that.
    • 44' Sagna on hand to clear Westwood's corner. Rose well there to make sure Benteke couldn't do any damge.
    • 43' A decent run and cross by Delph brings Villa a corner off an Arsenal head.
    • 42' Ramsey tries the telling final pass, but it all comes to nothing. Villa with so many bodies behind the ball at the moment.
    • 41' Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goes for goal from distance, but this time his shot deflects into Guzan's path. All too easy for the Villa goalkeeper.
    • 40' Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thinks about a cross, but ends up lifting the ball harmlessly straight into the arms of Guzan.
    • 39' Benteke can't get his head on Westwood's driven cross. Wenger cutting a concerned figure in the home technical area.
    • 38' Agbonlahor continues to make his presence felt as Sagna is forced to concede a corner here.
    • 37' Ramsey in need of a spot of treatment. He is limping. Trying to run off a leg knock.
    • 36' Walcott with a cross for Giroud, but he is well marked that time by the Villa defence.
    • 35' Sagna needing some treatment at the side of the park before he returns to the action.
    • 34' Think that effort was flying wide of goal. Not sure what Szczesny was doing in coming so far off his line.
    • 33' Szczesny out of his box trying to do some mopping up work, but fails to clear before being forced to dash back to his line to claw away Westwood's attempted chip from distance.
    • 32' Arsenal trying to work a few intricate passes on the edge of that Villa box, but the visiting defence holding firm before looking to break.
    • 31' Rosicky showing a fine turn of pace on the run, but Vlaar is watching him like a hawk to make a timely clearance.
    • 30' Walcott narrowly fails to thread a pass through to Giroud. Vlaar back doing some mopping up work.
    • 29' Wilshere is a fine player, but he is also a very noisy character when things aren't going his way. At the moment, things aren't going Arsenal's way.
    • 28' Walcott throws the free-kick into the heart of the Villa area with Guzan coming off his line to punch clear. A brave piece of goalkeeping.
    • 27' Wilshere taken out the action late by Vlaar. Both men are booked. Vlaar for the tackle, Wilshere for the reaction.
    • 26' Gibbs is forced to depart the action to be replaced by Jenkinson.
    • 25' Think Gibbs has a blood injury here to his eye, and will have to leave the park for further attention.
    • 24' Benteke scores his 15th Premier League goal of 2013 – he is the top-scorer of the calendar year. Robin van Persie & Gareth Bale are next with 12 Premier League goals in 2013.
    • 23' Gibbs takes a knock to the head after colliding in the air with Weimann. He is going to need some treatment here.
    • 22' The fourth official trying to tell Wenger to calm down. Arsenal never seen this coming having been so much in command.
    • 21' Giroud is doing plenty of complaining after he is penalised for nudging Luna on the back of the head.
    • 20' Szczesny has picked up a yellow card for his troubles. The Villa fans celebrate. Level with their first real attack of the match.
    • 19' GOAL! Benteke sees his penalty saved by Szczesny, but he follows up on the rebound to nod into the net. Villa draw level at 1-1.
    • 18' PENALTY TO VILLA! Agbonlahor clearly bundled to the deck by Szczesny. Clear penalty. Weimann missed the loose ball before the referee pointed to the spot.
    • 17' Villa yet to trouble this home goal in the opening 17 minutes. Benteke can't do anything if he isn't given the ball.
    • 16' Oxlade-Chamberlain sees a shot charged down after some bright play and pass by Walcott coming in from out wide.
    • 15' Arsenal fans in the ground with a banner that reads "You can't buy class". Maybe but you can buy a few class players. It is allowed.
    • 14' Olivier Giroud’s goal came from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain assist. Olivier Giroud‘s last two Premier League goals have been assisted by Oxlade-Chamberlain – also in the 3-1 Premier League home win v Norwich, April 13th 2013.
    • 13' Giroud deemed to be guilty of a late one on Matthew Lowton out wide. That helps to take the heat off Villa for the moment.
    • 12' Aston Villa were at West Ham United on the opening day of last season. This an altogether tougher test in London.
    • 11' Arsenal moving the ball from side to side. Karim El Ahmadi tries to break from deep, but was never going to latch onto that pass over the top.
    • 10' Wojciech Szczesny hammers the ball long from the passback by Per Mertesacker.
    • 9' Referee having a word with Rosicky, who has been flying into some ill-advised challenges early on.
    • 8' Villa can't get out of their own half at the moment. Looking very nervy, and then some. Walcott and Baker both back on the park here.
    • 7' Olivier Giroud scores his 12th Premier League career goal – all 12 have come in London, with his last 11 coming at the Emirates Stadium.
    • 6' Not the start Villa were looking for to the new season. Paul Lambert looking a bit concerned as Arsenal knock it around for fun.
    • 5' Walcott now limping off for a spot of treatment after colliding with Baker.
    • 4' GOAL! Giroud arrives to knock the ball into the net from the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross! Villa caught wide open at the back. Arsenal lead 1-0.
    • 3' Andreas Weimann penalised for using an arm to control the ball after bounding into the Arsenal area.
    • 2' Arsenal earning a couple of early corners here. Per Mertesacker takes tumble in the Villa box from Walcott's corner, but the referee waves play on.
    • 1' Off we go then. And it is Villa who get the ball rolling in this one.
    • 14:57 A slighty dull day in London, but it is warm enough and that pitch looks ripe for knocking the ball around a lush surface.
    • 14:55 Latest bookies odds on this match? Arsenal are 2/5 favourites with most, you can get as much as 7/1 on Aston Villa, and the draw is around 4/1.
    • 14:50 Aston Villa offloaded striker Darren Bent to Fulham yesterday - and why wouldn't you, given how good Christian Benteke is. But Paul Lambert thinks his young Belgian striker has only just begun to shine...
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    • 14:45 Wenger also claims to be "excited" by the prospect of laying out some big money before the window closes on September 2.
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    • 14:40 But Arsene Wenger's summer has been dominated by repeated failures to land big-name targets in the transfer market: attempts to sign Higuain, Suarez and Gustavo have all fallen flat. Wenger isn't giving up yet though, and Wayne Rooney is his new target.
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    • 14:35 Arsenal technically come into this game off the back of an amazing run of form: they won eight and drew the other two of their last 10 matches last season.
    • 14:30 TEAMS - Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Giroud. Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Cazorla, Gnabry, Podolski, Sanogo. //// Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Luna, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann. Subs: Steer, Okore, Clark, Bacuna, Helenius, Bowery, Tonev.
    • 14:25 On top of that, Arsenal have not lost any of their last 12 opening day Premier League games (W8 D4), though they have drawn their last three.
    • 14:20 The omens don't look great for Aston Villa today: they've won just twice in their last 19 visits to north London to face the Gunners.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the game between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on the opening day of the Premier League season.
  • Summary

    • 83' GOAL! Luna races from his own half before cracking the ball into the net via a post. Arsenal all at sea. Game over. Villa lead 3-1.
    • 78' Chance for Benteke to seal the deal, but he drives the ball wide of goal inside the home area with only Szczesny to beat.
    • 76' Another booking here. Cazorla late this time on El Ahmadi.
    • 75' Cazorla sees a volley come back off the bar after Guzan had got a touch on it. Great stop by Guzan, and probably deserved the luck as the ball came back off his woodwork via the deck. Cazorla can't fathom how that stayed out.
    • 69' Chance for Rosicky in the Villa box, but Guzan is off his line like a hare to make a superb block. Just what Villa needed there.
    • 63' RED CARD! Laurent Koscielny with a wretched attempt at a tackle on Weimann. And he is off the park. Arsenal down to 10 men here.
    • 60' GOAL! Benteke slides the ball to his left. Szczesny opts for his left and the visiting side lead 2-1. Would you believe this?
    • 59' Koscielny can't believe that decision, but he has been done for pace. Got a touch on the ball, but it wasn't the best of challenges. He is booked.
    • 58' PENALTY TO VILLA! Koscielny late on Agbonlahor, and that is a second penalty to the visitors.
    • 57' Benteke collects a yellow card for stopping Ramsey in his tracks out wide with a late challenge.
    • 52' Delph sees a shot come back off a post from distance. Arsenal kept backing off. And almost pay the price. Ball runs to safety. Szczesny was beaten there.
    • 51' Glorious chance for Rosicky on the run, but he rushes his shot from the Giroud pass before firing the shot well over.
    • 45+2' Luna has been booked for some reason after colliding with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out wide. Was nothing in that.
    • 33' Szczesny out of his box trying to do some mopping up work, but fails to clear before being forced to dash back to his line to claw away Westwood's attempted chip from distance.
    • 27' Wilshere taken out the action late by Vlaar. Both men are booked. Vlaar for the tackle, Wilshere for the reaction.
    • 20' Szczesny has picked up a yellow card for his troubles. The Villa fans celebrate. Level with their first real attack of the match.
    • 19' GOAL! Benteke sees his penalty saved by Szczesny, but he follows up on the rebound to nod into the net. Villa draw level at 1-1.
    • 18' PENALTY TO VILLA! Agbonlahor clearly bundled to the deck by Szczesny. Clear penalty. Weimann missed the loose ball before the referee pointed to the spot.
    • 4' GOAL! Giroud arrives to knock the ball into the net from the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross! Villa caught wide open at the back. Arsenal lead 1-0.
    • 14:30 TEAMS - Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Giroud. Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Cazorla, Gnabry, Podolski, Sanogo. //// Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Luna, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann. Subs: Steer, Okore, Clark, Bacuna, Helenius, Bowery, Tonev.

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