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- Sat, 09 Dec 2023 21:46:29 +0000: McGinn talks down ‘T-word’ after Villa sink Arsenal as Arteta bites tongue - Aston Villa | The Guardian
- Manager says club ‘have to be motivated’ after 1-0 victory
- Third-placed Aston Villa two points behind leaders Liverpool
Unai Emery said Aston Villa must learn to cope with the pressure of being labelled title contenders after Mikel Arteta became the latest manager to endorse their credentials. Three days on from outclassing the reigning champions, Manchester City, Villa beat Arsenal 1-0 to earn a 15th straight home league win to move within two points of the new leaders, Liverpool, and one behind Arsenal, leading their goalscorer and captain, John McGinn, to joke he is banning the “T-word”.
Asked if his players can deal with heightened title talk surrounding Villa, Emery replied: “Yes, it is better for us. We are there because we deserve it. They are going to speak more about us. It is still going to be the same message I am sending them, sending you [the media] and to the supporters. We have to be excited, we have to be motivated. We are now in third but there are still seven teams who are bigger contenders than us to be in the top seven. If we are getting to the 30th or 32nd game of the season, in the same position, I can send another message.”Continue reading...
- Sat, 09 Dec 2023 20:18:11 +0000: Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened - Aston Villa | The Guardian
John McGinn’s early goal was enough to secure Villa’s 15th consecutive home win in the Premier League, a club record
2 min: … there’s plenty of pushing and shoving in a crowded six-yard box. Bailey eventually takes and fails to beat the first man. Arsenal clear their lines.
1 min: Arsenal stream forward only for Martinelli’s shot to be blocked by Kamara. Villa counter, and Bailey dribbles his way down the right to win the game’s first corner. At which …Continue reading...
- Sat, 09 Dec 2023 19:33:00 +0000: John McGinn sinks Arsenal to deliver another statement win for Aston Villa - Aston Villa | The Guardian
How do you top reducing the kings to pawns? It was a question on the lips of the Aston Villa supporters basking in these rather heady days and a conundrum for Unai Emery, their manager who is growing more untouchable by the week, to solve.
The simple answer is a club-record 15th straight home league victory, one which came against the erstwhile leaders, Arsenal, nonetheless. John McGinn’s early strike was sufficient to move Villa – who survived a late VAR check when Arsenal had a goal ruled out for handball against Kai Havertz – to within two points of the summit and one behind Arsenal. Perhaps Villa really are bona fide title contenders, as Pep Guardiola suggested in midweek.Continue reading...
- Fri, 08 Dec 2023 20:00:00 +0000: Moussa Diaby: ‘Kylian Mbappé told me I had to use my speed’ - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Forward rejected a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia to become Aston Villa’s record signing and is now shining under Unai Emery
Wherever Moussa Diaby plays for Aston Villa, he carries happy memories of his childhood on his back. He wears the No 19 shirt, a nod to the 19th arrondissement of Paris, the place he called home as a boy raised in the north-east of the city. “I like the number because I want to show my friends and my family there that I’m always thinking about them,” he says. “I have to say thank you to this arrondissement because I grew up with a lot of people who continue to follow and support me. That is why I will never forget this area.”
It is a shirt number he has worn since joining the then Serie A side Crotone on loan from Paris Saint-Germain as a teenager. He took it at Bayer Leverkusen, where he announced himself as one of the most exciting emerging talents, prompting Villa to make him their record signing in the summer. At PSG, however, the club he joined aged 13, there was a minor hurdle. “I think Lassana Diarra, a big player who also played for Real Madrid, had the No 19,” Diaby says, breaking into a smile. “I was only young and I couldn’t talk about swapping numbers … I just wanted to play.”Continue reading...
- Fri, 08 Dec 2023 17:27:27 +0000: William Saliba sets sights on title and becoming world’s best defender - Aston Villa | The Guardian
Brilliant centre-back will meet Unai Emery again at Villa Park having been fundamental to Arsenal’s rise to the top
Even in the most heated debates around the legacy Unai Emery bequeathed Arsenal in 2019, there is one incontestable point. William Saliba arrived that summer with a £27m price tag and a glowing reputation as one of the world’s most feted teenage centre-backs, but another three years would pass before he made an appearance for them. Emery was long gone by then but it is little exaggeration to say Arsenal have been transformed by Saliba’s signing from Saint-Étienne. On Saturday the pair will meet at Villa Park in what, against most pre-season expectations, may prove a pivotal clash between title contenders.
It is another chance for Saliba and Arsenal, on a six-game winning run in all competitions, to demonstrate that they can stay the course this time. “We have the experience of last season, of course we are better,” he says. “Maybe we can go one better.”Continue reading...
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- Sat, 09 Dec 2023 23:45:40 +0000: How McGinn 'inspired' Villa to win over Arsenal - BBC Sport
Match of the Day's Jermaine Jenas analyses a brilliant performance from Aston Villa's John McGinn, who was the pivotal figure in Villa's 1-0 win against Arsenal.
- Sat, 09 Dec 2023 21:49:19 +0000: 'I'm banning the T-word' - are Villa title contenders? - BBC Sport
Aston Villa manager Unai Emery and midfielder John McGinn say it is too early to call them title challengers despite moving within two points of leaders Liverpool.
- Sat, 09 Dec 2023 20:46:06 +0000: Villa two points off top after win over Arsenal - BBC Sport
John McGinn scores the only goal as Aston Villa claim a club record 15th successive home league win.
- Sat, 09 Dec 2023 20:28:46 +0000: Arsenal did enough to beat Villa - Arteta - BBC Sport
Manager Mikel Arteta says Arsenal "did enough" to win despite their 1-0 Premier League defeat at Aston Villa.
- Sat, 09 Dec 2023 20:26:11 +0000: Villa excited to be in title race - Emery - BBC Sport
Aston Villa manager Unai Emery says his team and the fans "can be excited" to be in the Premier League title race after their 1-0 win over Arsenal.
Aston Villa are now looking to strengthen their squad for the up coming season with a large number of new players touted to be on the clubs radar in the closed season. The club has been boosted lately by the resigning of goalkeeper Brad Guzan who left the club at the end of last season. The American keeper has now penned a new lucrative three year deal which will keep him at Villa park until the end of the 2015 season.
Another huge target for the club this season is Blackburns Steven N`Zonzi who is also a top target for Sunderland, Tottenham and Stoke City with the midfielder stating that he has no intention of playing football in the championship. The Frenchman is thought to be available for a fee of around five million pounds and would welcome the chance to play in the English top flight again.
Blackpool winger Matt Phillips is also believed to be on the clubs radar as the championship side looked doomed to lose their influential winger as a host of top flight clubs are now vying for his signature. The twenty one year old has had a brilliant season for his club and now looks set to move to the premier league with clubs such as Everton, Wigan, Reading and Sunderland all in for the winger.
Sheffield United defender Matt Lowton is another target for the Villa Park outfit as Paul Lambert looks to strengthen his back line for the new season and the player is thought to be his top target for his defence. Lowton is now regarded as one of the hottest prospects in English football but Villa will need to fight off stern interest from additional clubs such as feyenoord and Bersiktas.