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A Late Benayoun Goal Get’s Arsenal Three Points

by on December 21, 2011

A late Yossi Benayoun goal three minutes before time was enough for Arsenal to get three points this evening. Dutch forward Robin Van Persie scored a first-half penalty to put the Gunners in to the lead at the break but Aston Villa responded early in the second-half through Marc Albrighton. Not a great performance from Arsenal but they done enough to get the three points, Aston Villa were hard to break down throughout the match.

Arsène Wenger made two changes to the side which was defeated by Manchester City last weekend. Johan Djoruou dropped out through injury and Alex Song was suspended which meant Francis Coquelin started at right-back and Emmanuel Frimpong slotted in to the midfield. Highly rated forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was also on the bench for the Gunners.

The first chance of the game fell to Aston Villa when Charles N’Zogbia’s cross found Gabriel Agbonlahor at Arsenal’s back post but Wojciech Szczęsny produced a great save to deny the Aston Villa striker. England international Theo Walcott got past Ciaran Clark with ease but Clark was holding Walcott’s arm and the referee pointed to the spot. A well struck penalty from Arsenal’s captain Robin Van Persie put the Gunners in to the lead.

Moments later Van Persie became provider after his pass found Walcott’s run but Guzan done well in the Aston Villa goal to stop Walcott from doubling Arsenal’s lead. Welsh captain Aaron Ramsey wasted a good opportunity, the midfielder had time to run in to the Villa box but opted to shoot earlier and his effort went well wide.

Nine minutes in to the second-half Vermaelen’s missed placed header which Agbonlahor took advantage of and he got past Mertesacker, then finished well past Szczęsny in the Arsenal goal. Agbonlahor’s goal had put Aston Villa back in to the game, Arsenal needed an instant response.

Arsène Wenger took off Frimpong for Tomáš Rosický to help Arsenal find a goal. After a number of Arsenal corner’s, Guzan made a great stop to deny German defender Per Mertesacker. With ten minutes to go Arsenal made two more changes taking off Gervinho and Ramey for Yossi Benayoun and Andrey Arshavin.

The substitution paid off when Benayoun headed home Van Persie’s corner with three minutes to go until the final whistle. Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton got sent off after two late yellow cards. Arsenal next play on Boxing Day against Wolves at the Emirates.

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  1. bode permalink

    Not a Great performance, I felt the guys were tired but all that matters is 3pts.

  2. Well done! Congrats on a first goal of the season to Benayoun, may many more follow.

  3. Great goal for Benayoun!!! He was so fantastic on the pitch and he scored twice in limited minutes for two games, just dont understand why Wenger didnt sub him for the game vs City, instead using inefficient Arshavin, and even Chamakh. WTH was he thinking???

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