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Tuesday media watch [20.11.12 PM]: Petrov and Vlaar in focus
The afternoon claret and blue media reports.
20th Nov 2012
Tuesday media watch [20.11.12 PM]: Petrov and Vlaar in focus


Express and Star: Ron Vlaar today urged his Villa team-mates to forget their drubbing by Manchester City and turn their attentions to this weekend's clash with Arsenal. Villa were thrashed 5-0 by City at the Etihad Stadium but the Dutch centre-back does not want them to dwell on the result and instead focus on the match against the Gunners at Villa Park.

Express and Star: Stiliyan Petrov today revealed he is on the brink of tears every time Villa supporters pay tribute to his battle against acute leukemia during matches. The claret and blue faithful applaud the Villa club captain in the 19th minute of every match and Petrov admitted the gesture pulled at the heartstrings.

ESPN: Liverpool winger Stewart Downing could be set to go back to his former club Middlesbrough on loan, reports say. Downing, 28, joined the Merseysiders from Aston Villa in 2011 in a deal estimated to be worth £20 million, signing a long-term contract.

Stockport Express: Peter Withe's reign at Stockport Sports came to a premature end as he stepped down as manager yesterday.

Best Of The Rest

BBC Sport: Paris Saint-Germain are among a host of leading clubs ready to offer David Beckham the final challenge of his illustrious career.

Sky Sports: Arsenal will be without Theo Walcott for their crucial UEFA Champions League clash against Montpellier due to a shoulder injury.

Sky Sports: Ukraine are keen to lure former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp to become their new national team boss.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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