Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v A Villa

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Wembley

Last Game

A Villa 2 - 1 Liverpool

Sunday, 19 April 2015, 15:00

The FA Cup Semi-Final

Lambert: Ideal game for us

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert reckons Monday's Premier League home game against Arsenal is the ideal fixture for his side at the present time.

Last Updated: 13/01/14 at 10:37 Post Comment

Paul Lambert: Relishing role of underdogs

Paul Lambert: Relishing role of underdogs

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Villa will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's shock 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat to League One side Sheffield United at Villa Park when they take on the high-flying Gunners.

Lambert, whose side won 3-1 at Arsenal on the opening day of the season, said: "The thing is, we got knocked out of the FA Cup - there is no getting away from that.

"But the Arsenal match might be a good game for us because nobody expects us to get anything.

"They're playing really well, they're on a fantastic run, they are one of the best teams around at the minute and they have probably got one of the best players going in Mesut Ozil.

"You know what you're going to come up against. They're a great side, they have a great manager (Arsene Wenger), everything is going for them and they're going for the title.

"But everybody expected Arsenal to win the game against Villa at the Emirates Stadium. It was just the way the game transpired on that day was different.

"We got a great result and played really well.

"You've got to work hard against them. You've got to play without the ball a lot of the time.

"But we looked really threatening on the counter-attack that day.

"Upsets can happen. All the time. We just have to go out and play with freedom and try to win a game.

"We know we're going to have to play well with and without the ball because of the way they are. But we know we can hurt them. That's the thing about it.

"If we click and we're on it, we can certainly create things."

Watch Aston Villa take on Arsenal live on Sky Sports 1HD from 7pm on Monday

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hen a players ability sinks to less than SWP's, but his value accelerates to more than £50m you know you must be in the comments section of an article about a Liverpool player leaving.

goober
Sterling Case For Leaving 'Bigger' Club

I

ll never forget Matt Stanger on Scott Dann on the transfer blog. I've always rated Dann since his time at Brum, and some newspaper had him going to a biggish club after Blackburn's relegation. A ball playing defender, Stanger mused, quoting. Pah. He's a godawful hoofer .

arexrarris
F365's Top Ten Unheralded Players Of The Season

T

o be fair, one of the reasons its so difficult for certain clubs to get close to Real Madrid or Barcelona is once they have a player who is good enough to compete against the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona, they f*ck off, usually to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

hump3.
Simeone baffled by PL failure

Footer 365

Jurgen Klopp not a West Ham target says Karren Brady

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says reports that the club have approached Jurgen Klopp to take over as manager are "nonsense".

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling signs new four-year contract

Manchester United have confirmed defender Chris Smalling has signed a new contract that keeps him at the club until 2019.

Harry Redknapp criticises Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham

Harry Redknapp says Mauricio Pochettino "has been rescued" by the performances of Spurs' young players this season, and has criticised the club's transfer policy.

Mail Box

Bentaleb Should Be On Unheralded List...

Nabil Bentaleb could be as good as Luka Modric, says one Tottenham fan. We also have lots of mails on Chelsea's style as well as Raheem Sterling's price tag...

Brendan Rodgers Deserves Another Season...

"I am not bashing Chelsea, however..." The Mailbox takes aim at Jose Mourinho once again and under-fire Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers "deserves another season".

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company