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Arsenal v Villa media watch [22.02.13 PM]: Lambert backs Wenger
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22nd Feb 2013
Arsenal v Villa media watch [22.02.13 PM]: Lambert backs Wenger


Express and Star: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has hit out at Arsenal fans and claimed they have been disrespectful with their over-the-top criticism of manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has been targeted by the club's supporters after Arsenal suffered the humiliation of being knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Championship side Blackburn last weekend.

BBC Sport: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he will decide on the future of Christian Benteke after insisting the striker will stay at the club. The Belgian striker 22, was a £7m signing from Gent in August.

Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has quashed speculation linking striker Christian Benteke with a move away from the club in the summer. The Belgian international has notched 15 goals for the Villans since his £7 million summer arrival from Genk, and has reportedly attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

talkSPORT: Paul Lambert is confident Aston Villa will keep hold of Christian Benteke if they retain their Premier League status. The striker, 22, has been a big hit since arriving at Villa Park from Genk in a £7million deal and is said to be attracting interest from Tottenham and Arsenal.

Sporting Life: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has branded criticism of Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger as "over the top" and warned his side to expect a backlash in Saturday's encounter with the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium. Wenger has been under the microscope after the shock FA Cup setback against Blackburn and the 3-1 first leg home defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 in mid-week.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has leapt to the defence of his counterpart at Arsenal, saying the recent criticism levelled at Arsene Wenger was out of order. The Gunners have not won a trophy since 2005 and have failed to lift the Premier League title in the last nine seasons.

ClubCall: Aston Villa have been handed a fitness boost ahead of Saturday's trip to Arsenal after Charles N'Zogbia recovered from a thigh injury. The playmaker has recently started producing his best for the club and his availability for the clash at the Emirates Stadium is certainly great news for manager Paul Lambert.

ClubCall: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes Christian Benteke will remain with the club if they retain their Barclays Premier League status. The striker has scored 15 goals since his £8million summer move from Genk and has already been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.

TEAMtalk: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes Christian Benteke will remain with the club if they keep their Premier League status. Striker Benteke has scored 15 goals since his £8million summer move from Genk and has already been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.

*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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