Friday media watch [15.11.13 AM]: N'Zogbia injury latest
Birmingham Mail: Ciaran Clark reckons his friendly rivalry with Nathan Baker is behind the mean-machine mentality helping Villa turn a clean-sheet corner this season. Clark and Baker endured a difficult time last term as the claret and blues conceded 69 top-flight goals - the club's worst defensive record of the Premier League age. But, marshalled by captain Ron Vlaar, the homegrown duo have limited their mistakes so far this season, culminating in four shutouts already, compared to five throughout the entire 2012-13 campaign.
Birmingham Mail: "Feed the Yak and he will score" was a regular refrain for fans of former Premier League striker Yakubu. "Play the Yac and we will win" could be an appropriate cover version for Villa supporters given that the claret and blues have tended to be more successful whenever Yacouba Sylla has played.
The Sun: Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia will be out until the new year. The French international ruptured an Achilles tendon while trying to keep fit on holiday in Miami in the summer.
Times: Charles N'Zogbia, the Aston Villa winger, will be sidelined until next year. The £9.5 million signing from Wigan Athletic ruptured an Achilles tendon on holiday in Miami in the summer and Villa had initially hoped that he would be fit again by next month.
Daily Express: Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep and hope to see off competition from Tottenham and Aston Villa to sign the player in January. Reports in France suggest that Arsenal have been tracking Ntep for a number of weeks but have no formalised their interest in the 21-year-old.
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