Villa – Arsenal; A bridge too far?

I’ve said previously that I thought we’d be able to beat Palace, Everton and West Ham.
I’ve also said that this is a game that I don’t think we can win. I’m sorry to say I still think that applies.

It’s typical of Villa’s luck, that Arsenal, who have been reasonably mediocre by their standards have now gone on a bit of a roll and are in very good form.
It doesn’t help that they’re still very much in the running to qualify for the Europa league, although this might have been pushed to the back of the players’ minds now that they’ve qualified for the FA cup final.
You’d expect that any of their players picked will be playing for a place at Wembley, so I’m certainly not expecting them to give us an easy time of it.

Still, I’m not exactly the world’s best at predicting games and there’s every chance I’m wrong.
It’s not like Arsenal are unbeatable by any means and they have actually lost 9 of the 36 games they’ve played this season.

And then I’m struggling for positives. Clutching at straws, if you like.
Because I just don’t think we have a hope in hell of beating Arsenal, not in a month of sundays.
Where is the goal, let alone goals going to come from?
And who is going to step up and have a blinder at the back, saving the day from what will probably be a fair old onslaught?
There isn’t anyone, is there?

Even Jack Grealish, our one man team, doesn’t seem to be able to produce anything of note lately.
Dean Smith rightly pointed out that he’s due a goal though and it would be great if he could get one to pinch the points in what will possibly be his last game at Villa Park as a Villa player.

We’ll know the Watford score before we kick off, but I think it really won’t matter too much.
We’ve probably done pretty well to drag it out this far, but I think today we’ll see our number is up.

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    Bum Bum July 21, 2020 at 9:57 pm .

    8 MINUTES TO GO!!!!! DON’T FECK IT UP!!!!

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    badger123 July 21, 2020 at 10:10 pm .

    Well, what a superb win.
    All credit to Smith there.
    He kept his nerve.

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    Bum Bum July 21, 2020 at 10:11 pm .

    Have just done a big poo in my pants.

    CHRIST ON A BIKE!!!!

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    Bill Pearson.. July 21, 2020 at 10:12 pm .

    I take back all I said, that was pure effort from the lads, now I think we can stay up . Well done Villa .

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    Bill Pearson.. July 21, 2020 at 10:13 pm .

    Thought I could smell something Bum Bum.

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    Hitchens60 July 21, 2020 at 10:14 pm .

    Fair play to Smith – made two or three tactical adjustments during the game. In our own hands now but would rather be where we are than chasing the game.

    Last game of the season for our first clean sheet away from home?

    Not over yet but the fat lady is not on call ……….yet.

    UTV

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    Sidforever July 21, 2020 at 10:16 pm .

    Every now and again life throughs a curve ball. I didn’t expect it but you beauties Villa boys. If you give that effort on Sunday we will have undertaken the great escape and Steve McQueen will be applauding is!

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    nath July 21, 2020 at 10:17 pm .

    i thought we played well i really did. even thou arsenal were below par we still had to be professional about the game. i thought we were rarely troubled and should have increased our lead,

    got to keep on top of the situation, we are not safe its still up for grabs. keep our feet on the ground. but we are in a much stronger position with our win and man city 4 nil win which eroded watfords advantage of GD.

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    Holte66 July 21, 2020 at 10:18 pm .

    Not good for my nerves! I’m delighted to have called it wrong. We showed character and discipline for 94 minutes. Their header against the post I thought at first view was a goal, so relieved when Reina eventually smothered it. I never imagined for one minute that our premier league safety would be in our own hands, so please let’s pray we don’t blow it.

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      Norman July 21, 2020 at 10:39 pm .

      VTID stuck for words up the Villa

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    Tekkers48 July 21, 2020 at 10:23 pm .

    Im still stuck behind the sofa.

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      Hitchens60 July 21, 2020 at 10:30 pm .

      🙂

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