Whilst Aston Villa awaited confirmation of their Carling Cup final opponents, they hosted an in-form Arsenal side that had previously beat them 3-0 at the end of last month.
The final score line fails to reflect the exciting nature of that which saw the Gunners hit the woodwork twice and the Villans fail to convert routine chances. While it is a great result for the Birmingham side, it did not hide the fact that they have not won or scored in their last four successive league games, a problem which may drastically effect their Champions League aspirations if it is to continue.
Perhaps Arsenal’s possession football has become predictable now, but nevertheless, Martin O’Neill adjusted his tactics accordingly, never allowing Arsenal much time on the ball. After the match, Ars