Premier League Round Up: Arsenal and Aston Villa – 4 February 2011

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Premier League Round Up: Arsenal and Aston Villa – 4 February 2011
Arsenal defender, believes that there are just two teams contending for the Premier League title; Arsenal and current table toppers, Manchester United.
Both sides managed victories over their respective opponents in the mid-week fixtures, elbowing their way to the top. However, Manchester United are in red-hot form, as they have a five-point lead over Arsenal and are unbeaten
in the league. Third and fourth placed title contenders, Manchester City and Chelsea have not given up the fight yet but Koscielny has ruled both oppositions out of the title chase.
"It looks like we are the last challengers to United. We have got more points than Manchester City, and the others. We need to focus on our game, keep winning, keep picking up points and maybe United will lose games at
some point. Anything can happen in this league,” stated the Arsenal player.
The defender added that Arsenal need to consistently perform well to close the gap on Manchester United. The French starlet emphasized on the importance of a strong defence, stating that if his side does not concede goals, the
attackers would win them the game. The Gunners’ summer acquisition stated that they would fight tooth and nail with the Red Devils until the end, expecting Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to drop points.
Arsenal will next play Newcastle United on Saturday at St. James Park. Arsene Wenger’s men are currently ranked second in the Premier League with 49 points to their name, five points adrift of top-ranked Manchester United.
Aston Villa
Aston Villa defender, has consulted a specialist to overcome his knee problem. Young has had an injury-ridden season. The 21-year-old first hurt his hip and then his ankle during the season before picking up a knock
on the ankle. His latest outing came while playing against Liverpool in early December where Villa lost 3-0.
"Luke saw a specialist in London, so it will depend what the results are. He does training and he doesn't feel anything and then at training the following day he feels something. Obviously we need to sort that out. I played him
regularly every game until the game and then after that he got injured and never came back," as stated by Villa manager Gerard Houllier.   
Other injured players in the side include Houllier is confident that the player will be available for their weekend
encounter with Fulham.
The Villans currently lie at the 14th spot with 28 points to their name.



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