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Arsenal vs Aston Villa – Match Preview

8 Sep


The bookies make Arsenal strong favorites to win this game but, I have a feeling this could be very tight.

Although Arsenal have had a reasonable pre season culminating in a 3-1 victory over Man City there is sure to be a hint of unrest over the lack of any, as promised, marquee signings.

Aston Villa on the other hand seemed to have invested wisely during the window with numbers and experience being added to the squad. This being topped off with Paul Lambert persuading star striker Christian Benteke to stick with the Villain’s for at least another season.

From the outside I see Villa progressing this season and finishing in the top ten, would be interested if their fans would be satisfied with that progress and a run in one of the cups. I won’t mention Bradford if you don’t!

I think there will be goals in this with both teams looking stronger offensively rather than defensively and with my Arsenal head I am tipping the Gunners to edge it by the odd goal.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa

Likely Line-ups


Arsene Wenger is expected to stick with his conventional 4-3-3 formation.


Sanga, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs

Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere

Walcott, Giroud, Carzorla

Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is also likely to opt for 4-3-3, as he has done in Pre-Season


Lowton, Okore, Vlaar, Luna,

El Ahmadi, Delph, Weimann,

Tonev, Agbonlahor, Benteke

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Spurs Transfers: Christian Benteke Deal Depends On Adebayor Sale

24 Jul


According to, the potential transfer of Aston Villa’s Belgian international striker Christian Benteke to Tottenham Hotspur rests on Emmanuel Adebayor leaving White Hart Lane first.

Turkish club Besiktas are reportedly interested in the Togolese striker, but Adebayor has stated that he won’t be forced out of Spurs unless his wage demands are met.

The player, who was bought from Manchester City last year for 5.5m following a successful loan spell, has not performed as well for Spurs since his permanent switch and the club are keen to get his 100,000 a week salary off their wage bill to free up funds.

A 6 million fee is said to have been agreed between Spurs and Besiktas, but Adebayor’s personal demands are proving to be a stumbling block.

If and when Adebayor moves on, Spurs will make their first official approach for Christian Benteke with a bid of 20m. Aston Villa are said to be demanding 25 million however, but Spurs will hope to bring that price down.

Benteke had a fantastic debut season in the English Premier League, scoring an impressive 19 goals in 37 league appearances and 23 goals in all competitions. He has played 14 times for the Belgian international side, scoring 6 goals, and would add to Spurs’ growing Belgian contingent which already includes Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele, while the club are also said to be interested in compatriot Nacer Chadli of FC Twente.

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