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My two cents on the game..

Who had to score in the 10 minute period at the start of the game where we were playing well. After about 15 minutes we allowed Arsenal to play. All week, the top pundits and various Villa forums have said; "Don't let Arsenal play, at least challenge them". We just stood off and watched in awe as they built phase after phase up which is incredibly disappointing as one thing I thought would be guaranteed from us today would be passion and desire. Instead we found ourselves getting frustrated as Arsenal walked round us. First goal was disappointing defensively whilst the second was phenomenal. Could argue he should've been closed quicker but frankly there's not a lot you can do. Third was a joke and fourth was after game was up.

That said, the last ten minutes was a disgraceful display of refereeing from John Moss. In that space of time he made 3 or 4 horrendous decision (including two stonewall penalties) and was just refusing to engage in any relatively big decision going our way.

It was also nice for the Arsenal fans to turn up after 88 minutes and join everyone else who had been there singing since before the game started. Awesome effort to start singing at 3-0 up on 90 minutes.

Villa fans were phenomenal. Noise sounded great through the telly so it must have been amazing. Oh if the performance matched it.

Well done Arsenal. Worthy winners on the day

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My two cents on the game..

Who had to score in the 10 minute period at the start of the game where we were playing well. After about 15 minutes we allowed Arsenal to play. All week' date=' the top pundits and various Villa forums have said; "Don't let Arsenal play, at least challenge them". We just stood off and watched in awe as they built phase after phase up which is incredibly disappointing as one thing I thought would be guaranteed from us today would be passion and desire. Instead we found ourselves getting frustrated as Arsenal walked round us. First goal was disappointing defensively whilst the second was phenomenal. Could argue he should've been closed quicker but frankly there's not a lot you can do. Third was a joke and fourth was after game was up.

That said, the last ten minutes was a disgraceful display of refereeing from John Moss. In that space of time he made 3 or 4 horrendous decision (including two stonewall penalties) and was just refusing to engage in any relatively big decision going our way.

It was also nice for the Arsenal fans to turn up after 88 minutes and join everyone else who had been there singing since before the game started. Awesome effort to start singing at 3-0 up on 90 minutes.

Villa fans were phenomenal. Noise sounded great through the telly so it must have been amazing. Oh if the performance matched it.

Well done Arsenal. Worthy winners on the day[/quote']

Bitter much? One "penalty" was outside the box and the second the bloke had lost control of the ball.

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I personally thought Arsenal were in control of the game from start till finish, I know it took up until the 40th min to score but the chances and play before that was all going one way and that was towards Villa's penalty box.

The Agbonlahor tackle should have been a free kick late on and the Bellerin challenge was 50/50 in terms of being given, you could argue Grealish had lost control of the ball but Bellerin did tug him back.

I expected more of a challenge from Villa if I am honest and thought they made it all too easy for Arsenal.

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I personally thought Arsenal were in control of the game from start till finish' date=' I know it took up until the 40th min to score but the chances and play before that was all going one way and that was towards Villa's penalty box.

The Agbonlahor tackle should have been a free kick late on and the Bellerin challenge was 50/50 in terms of being given, you could argue Grealish had lost control of the ball but Bellerin did tug him back.

I expected more of a challenge from Villa if I am honest and thought they made it all too easy for Arsenal.[/quote']

I agree. That was the most disappointing thing. Before the Southampton game we had fought every second in all our games. The last three games of the season we were pants. It's frustrating enough losing a final but feeling that your team didn't put 100% effort in is frustrating. You could argue Arsenal just played well (which you did) but we made it so much easier for them.

As for the Bellerin 'tackle', outside the box it's a free kick, ball in control or not. You can't just chuck people around the pitch lol

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FA Cup third-round draw:


Arsenal v Sunderland


Birmingham v Bournemouth


Brentford v Chesterfield/Walsall


Bury v Bradford City


Cardiff City v Grimsby/Shrewsbury


Carlisle v Yeovil


Chelsea v Leyton Orient/Shorpe


Colchester v Charlton


Doncaster v Stoke City


Eastleigh v Bolton


Everton v Dagenham & Redbridge/Whitehawk


Exeter City v Liverpool


Huddersfield v Reading


Hull City v Brighton


Ipswich v Portsmouth


Leeds United v Rotherham


Manchester United v Sheffield United


Middlesbrough v Burnley


Newport County v Blackburn


Northampton v MK Dons


Norwich v Manchester City


Nottingham Forest v QPR


Oxford United v Swansea


Peterborough v Preston NE


Salford City/Hartlepool v Derby


Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham


Southampton v Crystal Palace


Tottenham v Leicester


Watford v Newcastle


West Bromwich v Bristol City


West Ham v Wolves


Wycombe v Aston Villa


Ties to be played 8-11 January


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