ANICHEBE BACKS BROM

West Brom striker Victor Anichebe has said that performance does not matter for relegation threatened teams and it is only results that count at the end of the day.

He says that manager Pepe Mel should be given more time after the former Real Betis manager has so far been unable to bring three points for the club after his arrival a few months ago. He has been in charge of the team for the last seven matches, but there have been no victories during this period. West Brom have achieved draws against Liverpool and Chelsea, but it is three points that will help them get out of relegation trouble.

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HUTTON STILL STRUGGLING

Alan Hutton has been a player of Aston Villa since 2011 but has only managed to make 31 appearances for the Premier League club as he was offloaded to Nottingham Forest and Mallorca.

After his loan spell with Mallorca came to an end, the Spanish club attempted on signing Hutton on a permanent deal but could not afford it and now he has made his return to Aston Villa to where he still has not made a single appearance in this season and it does not seem like its going to change anytime soon.

The head coach of Aston Villa, Paul Lambert has told Alan Hutton that his career in the club is over because of his wages, which are simply just too high.

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BROM GAME IS IMPORTANT

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has said that the match with West Brom on Monday night is going to be of massive importance.

The Midlands derby could potentially see West Brom building on their recent run of form, which has seen them take a credible 2-2 draw against Chelsea just before the international break. They could have easily taken three points from this encounter had it not been for the last-minute penalty, which was very controversial. After a good start to the season, Villa have slipped into an inconsistent spell in recent weeks.

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REPEAT HISTORY

Aston Villa will have the opportunity to repeat the history when they take on Arsenal for the second time in the ongoing Premier League tomorrow.

The last time that Villa had defeated the Gunners twice in the league was more than 21 years back and they can do that again this time around.

Paul Lambert’s side had absolutely stunned everyone by thrashing Arsenal in their opening league game of the season and they had done that at the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal’s record in the recent times hasn’t been bad at all.
However, one thing is for sure that to pull off an upset against Arsenal again, Villa will have to put up a really good show. If they play the way they have been playing since the last one month or so, they will certainly not be able to get better of the Gunners.

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Aston Villa to sign Man Utd player Wilfried Zaha on loan

Aston Villa is all set to seal a deal with Manchester United attacker Wilfried Zaha who is set to have a loan move to Villa Park, stated a leading sports news. The twenty one year old English player is yet to make a EPL appearance for Manchester United in spite of the fact that Nani, Luis Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young struggled with their form. Looking at this, it would be great for Wilfried Zaha to have some top tier experience.

Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Everton are all said to be quite concerned in the ex Eagles star though Paul Lambert’s team are leading the run to take in the young footballer on a loan spell during January transfer window.

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GIVEN LOOKS AWAY

Shay Given has said that he wants to take a transfer during the mid-season transfer window.

Given has not made a single appearance for his club Aston Villa in the last one year or so. He had fallen in the pecking order in the last season as Brad Guzan had taken his place as the first choice goalie.

This season, the Irish veteran has fallen even further. He is not even the second choice goalkeeper now. It’s Jed Steer who is the backup shot stopper for Guzan. To be fair, Villa have played well enough so far this season that anyone who has managed to back the Villains with Paddy Power has made a profit, so it's no wonder Given is being left out in the cold.

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WINNING RETURN

Paul Lambert managed to enjoy a winning return to Norwich city after his Aston Villa team managed a 1-0 victory over his former club.

This was especially sweet victory for Lambert, who said in the pre-match press conference that he had not forgotten the bitter rivalry with the Norwich board. Lambert was involved in a long legal battle with Norwich before managing to move to Aston Villa. He enjoyed a lot of success with the club, who he got promoted from the Championship and led them to a 12th place finish in the first season in the Premier league.

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VILLA STUN ARSENAL

Aston Villa managed a stunning 3-1 win over top four chasing Arsenal on the opening day of the season. The Midlanders were extremely impressive in the match, as they managed to complete a rout of a hapless Arsenal which was not predicted on the sports betting markets.

Villa striker Christian Benteke became the leading goal scorer in the Premier league in 2013 after his two goals against Arsenal. Despite this impressive performance, manager Paul Lambert has asked his players to remain grounded because they have just played only the first match of the season.

Villa struggled against relegation last season and it was only due to the brilliance of Benteke that they were able to stay in the Premier league.

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VILLA WHEEL AND DEAL

Aston Villa have been one of the most active clubs in the Premier league over the summer transfer window. They have brought in as much as six players into the club, while also extending the contracts of seven players.

This includes the star striker Christian Benteke, who has agreed to withdraw his transfer request and sign a new contract with the club. The Belgian was one of the main reasons for Villa staying up in the Premier league. He scored 19 goals in an amazing season for him personally, which has led to him being linked with several clubs including Chelsea over the last few weeks.

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NO BIG SIGNINGS

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said that he does not expect to make big signings during the summer transfer window. The club were threatened with the prospect of relegation for most of the campaign.

It was only in the final few weeks of the Premier league season that they managed to climb out of the relegation zone. After the arrival of Lambert last summer, Aston Villa made several low-key signings. Christian Benteke, who has been a star performer for the club this season, was one of the several players to arrive last summer.

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