Following Aston Villa’s 5-0 destruction by Arsenal, the Villians have now gone over 10 hours of Premier League football without a goal, their last coming on December 20th in their draw with Manchester United. It’s the second time this season that they have gone through such a drought, and this has led to questions over whether they are able to escape the drop.
When you look at the squad, Villa should have enough to stay safe. The attacking quality of Weimann, Agbonlahor and Benteke has been added to with some shrewd additions. Carles Gil, signed from Valencia, has looked lively in midfield, creating chances especially in the Bournemouth game, whilst Scott Sinclair on loan from City could add even more genuine pace to the attack, allowing Villa to play on the counter attack, if he can regain his form from Swansea.
Even just looking at the Arsenal game, the situation is not as bad as it seems. Villa created chances, with David Ospina making two or three good saves. The goals that were conceded were either from silly errors, such as Guzan’s attempt at saving a penalty, or pieces of superb quality from Arsenal, like THAT Ozil pass. If Ron Vlaar had been at the back, you have to ask whether a couple of those goals would have been scored.
Villa’s ability to play on the counter with the likes of Weimann and Agbonlahor whilst maintaining a solid defence should see them safe, as they offer more, especially away from home, than some of their relegation rivals. Paul Lambert is a capable manager and if trusted by the fans and board, will guide Villa to safety.