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Aston Villa


Premier League
Villa Park
March 18, 2001

Arsenal are unbeaten in 10 trips to Aston Villa but that statement of fact rathers masks the difficulty of a game at Villa Park.

Yes, Arsène Wenger's team have not tasted defeat there since 1999 but they have drawn half of the 10 games since and have only won two of those fixtures by more than one goal.

The match featured on our latest FreezeFrame image is a case in point. Villa were treading water in mid-table in 2000/01 but Arsenal could still not find a way through at Villa Park and were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw.

Indeed, the Gunners had to see out the final moments with 10 men after Gilles Grimandi received his marching orders. Our image shows Patrick Vieira, who was booked during the match, challenging former Gunner Paul Merson for possession in midfield.

Arsenal's away form that term cost them dear. Wenger's team had a better home record than champions Manchester United but finished 10 points adrift in second place by virtue of their mediocre away form.

Of their 19 away trips, Arsenal won just five and scored just 18 goals. So the stalemate at Villa in March 2001 summed up their problems pretty neatly.

The title-chasing class of 2010 will be looking to avoid a similar story on Wednesday night.

Arsenal team: Manninger, Luzhny, Grimandi (sent off 90), Sylvinho, Dixon, Vieira, Parlour (Vivas 84), Lauren, Ljungberg (Pires 75), Bergkamp, Wiltord (Henry 76). Subs not used: Lukic, Cole

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25 Jan 2010