Tuesday 24 October 2017

Suffering Lambert urges Villa to complete Gunners double

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

John Percy

Paul Lambert has endured another week of sleepless nights and has challenged Aston Villa to ease the tension by completing a double over Arsene Wenger.

Lambert is under increasing pressure after an alarming run, including Villa's humiliating FA Cup exit against Sheffield United last weekend, and faces Arsenal tonight in another huge test for his injury-ravaged squad.

Villa's problems are in stark contrast to the opening day of the season when they stunned Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, with their 3-1 win achieved in a mutinous atmosphere as Wenger was subjected to chants criticising the club's transfer policy.

"We've been knocked out the FA Cup, there's no getting away from that, but the Arsenal game might be a good one for us because nobody expects us to get anything," Lambert said.

"The opportunity is there to go and win a second game against them. In the back of their mind they've done it once, they know how hard they worked to do it then and they've got to go and try and do it again.

"After losing to Sheffield United it has not been a good week.

"You don't sleep great, you don't eat great but that's the life of a football manager." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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