Saturday 21 April 2018

Paul Lambert infuriated by Villa's meek capitulation

Aston Villa's Scottish manager Paul Lambert gestures from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium
Aston Villa's Scottish manager Paul Lambert gestures from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium

Matt Law

Paul Lambert accused his Aston Villa players of throwing in the towel as they took their goalless Premier League run to more than 10 hours in a 5-0 thrashing by Arsenal.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Mesut Özil, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Hector Bellerin secured Arsenal's fifth successive win in all competitions.

Villa's failure to hit the net in the Premier League has now lasted a club-record 612 minutes but Lambert was more concerned by the manner of the collapse.

"You probably can't print the things I'm feeling," the Villa manager said. "Negatives, yes, I don't like being in this position, we've been in this position for too long.

"Since I've been here it's always been fight, fight, but you've got to keep going, you don't throw the towel in, you keep going. There's going to be twists and turns throughout the season.

"I thought for 60 minutes of that game we were well in it, the disappointing thing for me was the acceptance to lose more goals. That was the disappointment."

On Villa's goalless run, Lambert said: "You get that thrown at you. The players that are going on the pitch are not defensive players.

"The front few lads are offensive. We tried to come here and score.

"I always try and win games. We just need to keep going and work hard to turn it around. Christian (Benteke) is going through a period in his career when things aren't happening for him."

Arsenal goalscorer Walcott put the boot into Villa on and off the pitch, saying: "In the second half, I can't think of a more one-sided game (all season)."

The goal, Walcott's first in the Premier League since January 1 last year, came in his first top-flight start for 13 months following a knee injury. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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