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Monday media watch [26.11.12 AM]: Reaction to Arsenal draw
The morning claret and blue media reports.
26th Nov 2012
Monday media watch [26.11.12 AM]: Reaction to Arsenal draw


Birmingham Mail: It was certainly a 'learning' point - but whether it was a turning point for Villa will not become clear until tomorrow evening and next Saturday and the weekend after that...Paul Lambert's young class of 2012-13 are wiser for the experience of their testing trilogy against Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, even though they emerged with two defeats and a draw to take their tally to 10 points from 13 matches. Now after those three stern examinations, it is time for them to put their knowledge into practice with a little light Reading tomorrow. Having climbed out of the bottom three by passing against the Gunners, Lambert's Premier League pupils could do with gaining full marks from their next assignment.

The Sun: Paul Lambert insists £24million Darren Bent is still in his plans. And that is despite former Chesterfield rookie Jordan Bowery winning a place on Villa's bench ahead of the fit-again England striker.

Guardian: Villa, for whom the substitute Brett Holman hit the bar, will take greater heart from a point that lifted them outside the relegation spots for the night.

Daily Express: Villa could even make a case for winning the game. They had an Andreas Weimann strike ruled offside and a Brett Holman drive superbly pushed onto the bar by Wojciech Szczesny.

Times: Aaron Ramsey had spurned a trio of chances, Laurent Koscielny popped up in Villa's six-yard box to prove why he is no centre forward and Santi Cazorla curled a shot wide, but the home side deserved their point, with Brett Holman almost winning the game with a howitzer of a shot that Wojciech Szczesny tipped on to the crossbar.

Daily Telegraph: Villa's deserved point inched them out of the relegation zone to ensure tomorrow night's clash with Reading already has a season-defining feel about it.

Daily Star: Villa, too, will be pleased with their clean sheet, only their third in the league this season, as the Gunners managed just one shot on target. That was Aaron Ramsey's deflected first half effort, which was saved by the legs of keeper Brad Guzan. Villa did put the ball in the net in the first half, but Weimann's strike was rightly ruled out for offside.

Sporting Life: Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar is an injury doubt for Tuesday night's Barclays Premier League bottom-three clash with Reading at Villa Park. The central defender suffered a calf injury during Saturday's home goalless draw against Arsenal and was substituted early in the second half.

*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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