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Aston Villa

Division One
March 27, 1982

Arsenal won't mind how they beat Aston Villa on Sunday - as long as they beat them. But if you're going to pick up three points, why not do it in style?

That's exactly what happened in March 1982 when the teams met at Highbury. A goalless first half gave no hint of what was to come: a seven-goal salvo in the second half.

Fortunately, Terry Neill's team scored the majority of them. Graham Rix struck twice while Raphael Meade and Alan Sunderland were also on target in a Spring thriller.

Our FreezeFrame image shows right-back John Hollins (father of Strictly Come Dancing winner Chris no less) in a race for the ball with Pat Heard of Villa.

Take a look at the Arsenal line-up below you'll see a fair smattering of Arsenal TV Online pundits too.

Stewart Robson and Paul Davis are regulars in our shows while Kenny Sansom, left-back against Villa 27 years ago, will partner Dan Roebuck in the commentary box on Sunday.

This win helped Arsenal secure a top-five spot - enough for a Uefa Cup place in those days. But they finished behind Spurs on goal difference, proof that this was a very long time ago.

Arsenal team: Wood, Hollins, Sansom, Talbot, O’Leary, Whyte, Meade, Sunderland, Davis, Robson, Rix.

FreezeFrame is a new series on Arsenal.com which brings you a classic image ahead of every match. Roll your cursor over the players and click for more information.

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24 Dec 2009