Arsenal On The Up. Fantastic F.A. Cup Tie by Lorenzo Sallows
Drawn against another Premier League side and coming after a torrid spell of form, emotions were sure to run high. The match did not disappoint. I have been more than negative in my approach to Arsenal these past few weeks but, like all fans, I warm after a win.
For the first half, Arsenal played a traditional flat, unintelligent game, lofting balls into the penalty area, hoping for the best. Numerous corners were won and squandered and a poor defensive display from Per Mertesacker gifted Aston Villa the lead. Without the presence of Mark Albrighton and Charles N’Zogbia, Villa lacked the required pace to pressurize Arsenal’s flanks and instead opted for success via set-pieces and counter attacks, Robbie Keane’s good touch distancing the two sides.