May 24, 2013 by
Paul Lambert is probably well aware that he faces an uphill struggle to stop his star striker from joining Arsenal. Although we have not heard anything about Arsene Wenger getting in touch with Aston Villa about a transfer, the Frenchman must be aware that Christian Benteke has hinted about moving and has even specifically mentioned the Gunners.
Lambert, unsurprisingly, feels that the 22-year old Belgian international should remain at Villa, suggesting that he would be better off undergoing his football progression where he is, where the fans already love him, there is not so much pressure to perform and where he is almost guaranteed to play. .......Read the full article here
May 08, 2013 by
Attempts to keep Benteke away from Arsenal are unconvincing. by FD
Of all the players linked with a summer move to the Emirates, Benteke, the Aston Villa striker, is one of the more interesting. For a start, he’s demonstrated his ability to score goals in the Premiership. And he’s done that while playing in a struggling side so could surely do an even better job at Arsenal? .......Read the full article here
February 19, 2013 by
The Belgian striker Christian Benteke has certainly made an impression on the Premier league this season. The 22-year old striker revealed that he has a love for Arsenal shortly after a joining another club, Aston Villa, at the start of the season. His impressive performances for Paul Lambert’s struggling side have led to a great deal of speculation about his future, and it now seems unlikely he will still be playing for Villa next season, whether they avoid relegation or not.
The striker signed a four year deal with Villa when he signed from the Belgian club Genk on the last day of the summer transfer window. Benteke has made no secret of the fact that he wants to move on to a bigger English club, and his agent has done nothing to suggest otherwise. .......Read the full article here
December 31, 2012 by
Southampton Vs Arsenal Preview by AH
Arsenal will travel to face Southampton at St Mary’s in what should be a tight game, despite the Saints sitting in the relegation zone. Arsenal will look to kick off the New Year in style and continue to push up the table with 5 consecutive wins.
We were enthralled by the win on Saturday to signify the last game at the Emirates in 2012. Newcastle were always going to be tough opponents and it looked like we were going to throw away all 3 points on several occasions with the Magpies continuing to push, however their midweek game against Manchester United meant that by the 70th minute they were lacking in both mental and physical strength, allowing Arsenal to run riot and fire 4 past Tim Krul in the last 20 minutes and win the game 7-3. .......Read the full article here
November 25, 2012 by
First of all, I have to say that Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert got his tactics right against Arsenal and his players performed their tasks perfectly. At the same time, Arsene Wenger was caught out a bit and Arsenal paid the price.
With Theo Walcott injured, the decision to rest Bacary Sagna meant that the supply to our front man Olivier Giroud was significantly reduced from the right. The Aston Villa players worked hard to stop Podolski and Gibbs combining on the left and were largely successful. .......Read the full article here
September 15, 2012 by
On paper, today’s game should be a formality for the Gunners, but football is not played on paper. Southampton have played three, lost three and let in eight goals so far. On the other hand, they have scored twice against Manchester United and Manchester City, earning praise for their football in both games.
The main goal threat comes from Rickie Lambert who scored against both Manchester clubs, adapting well to the Premier league after netting 27 goals in the Championship last season. He is big, strong, good in the air and knows where the goal is. Although Southampton like to play passing football rather than parking the bus, Lambert will probably be used as a lone striker and target man today. .......Read the full article here