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Villa v Arsenal preview: Lambert - Stadium will be rocking!

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Villa v Arsenal preview: Lambert - Stadium will be rocking!

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Paul Lambert expects Villa Park to be "absolutely rocking" this weekend as Arsenal come to B6.

Lambert insists there's a real feelgood factor with the claret and blues, with the team making an unbelievably fast start to the Barclays Premier League season.

The Villa boss, fresh from penning a long-term deal, is eager for that to continue on Saturday and into the coming weeks, months and years ahead.

He said: "I love being here. It's a fantastic club.

"This is a great club to manage. I'm happy here. I really enjoy it, I love working with the people here - the staff, the players, it's great.

"We've got a chairman who has been really, really supportive and a new chief executive coming in who will help boost that as well.

"We have to go and build on this start we've had, this momentum we've got. That's important.

"It's a great club - a big, big football club - it's got a fabulous support behind it.

"It's got everything there. We have to keep progressing on what we have done at the start of the season. And keep that feeling going.

"We're playing really well and that's testament to the lads themselves. I am delighted with the way they have applied themselves and got after teams.

"We certainly have a threat with the legs, speed and energy that we have got. The way we are playing has been excellent since the start of the season.

"I think what's happening is that the young lads that were playing had to leave that young tag and walk up and go and be men.

"They've done that and, allied to the lads that have come back into the frame, the new lads that have joined the football club, it's been a collective massive upsurge.

"They're performing really well. There's a lot of confidence there.

"There's a lot of good things happening.

"Now we're going to have virtually a full house on Saturday which will be absolutely rocking and hopefully as a team and as a group we will keep on going as we have.

"We go into the game in really good form.

"The fans have been brilliant too. On Saturday, it will be great. There will be 40-odd thousand in there which will create a great atmosphere."

Lambert

Lambert knows his side will come up against an outstanding adversary on Saturday.

They lost on Tuesday 2-0 in the Champions League to Borussia Dortmund - Lambert's former team - but the boss won't let that defeat cloud his judgement of the Gunners, having seen first-hand the brilliance of Jurgen Klopp's side on the night.

He added: "I was there on Tuesday. Dortmund were exceptional.

"It's a really tough stadium in which to go and get a win. I know that from my own experience.

"Dortmund were fantastic. I don't think anyone should underestimate that Arsenal are a right good side.

"They will be around and about it again in the Premier League this season.

"They just came up against a team who were great on the night with a support that was right behind their team.

"I am under no illusions about how hard this game for us will be. It will be a really tough match. They are a top side with great players."

MATCH INFO

Villa v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Saturday September 20 - KO 3pm
Referee: Mike Jones

AVTV MUST SEE

Paul Lambert press conference - WATCH HERE

Pre-match show - WATCH HERE

TICKET NEWS

There are still tickets available for the big game, which sees Paul Lambert lock horns with Arsene Wenger.

Tickets for this encounter against the Gunners are on general sale.

Prices are £27 to £45 [adults], £27 to £45 [concessions], £20 to £40 [U18s], £17 to £40 [U8s] and £38 to £45 [adult/junior (U16) combo ticket].

It's a good idea to supply one client reference per seat to build up booking history.

You can buy tickets in person at either Villa Village or New Street, on the phone at 0800 612 0970 or from our ONLINE BOX OFFICE.

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TEAM NEWS

Ron Vlaar is a doubt for the clash with Arsenal.

Vlaar missed the Liverpool game with a calf injury sustained in the Hull match.

The Villa skipper played in the Stoke and Newcastle encounters before he picked up his issue late in the Tigers match.

He failed to recover in time for the Reds win at the weekend - and was replaced admirably by Nathan Baker in the heart of the defence.

The Dutchman is touch and go for the encounter with the Gunners this Saturday.

Christian Benteke and Joe Cole are making good progress.

Libor Kozak, meanwhile, is doing well in his recovery from a broken leg.

The striker has a scheduled hospital appointment before the weekend to assess where he's at with his recuperation.

COLOURS

Villa will be wearing their traditional home kit of claret and blue.

MATCH STATS

Darren Bent has scored eight goals in his last 11 appearances against the Gunners in all competitions including five in his last five.

Danny Welbeck has scored three goals in his last two Premier League starts against Aston Villa.

Both Arsenal (W1 D3) and Aston Villa (W3 D1) remain unbeaten after four Premier League matchdays in 2014-15.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League visits to Villa Park, winning eight and drawing seven.

Arsenal have conceded 15 shots on target in their four Premier League games so far this season, five more than Villa (10).

Arsenal have played a higher proportion of their passes in the final third (37%) than any other side.

Aston Villa have kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League side this season (3), while Arsenal are one of only three teams yet to record one.

Arsenal have conceded a headed goal in each of their four Premier League games this season.

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MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

The front cover for the matchday programme against Arsenal is based on a classic design that many people regard as the definitive Villa News & Record.

Our retro covers collection continues with an offering from 1958 that will evoke happy memories for many supporters.

First introduced in August 1949, the design was tweaked over time to reflect the changing face of Villa Park, with the addition of floodlights in 1958, a roof on the Holte End in 1962 and a new Witton Lane stand 12 months later.

While we've continued to go back to the future with the retro covers theme, there is a modern feel inside your favourite matchday read including:

Arrow BulletSquad photo poster
Arrow BulletPhilippe Senderos exclusive player interview
Arrow BulletAly Cissokho 'Question of Sport' Q&A
Arrow BulletVilla Vault
Arrow BulletSaunders Diaries
Arrow BulletPaul Lambert, Ron Vlaar, Stan Collymore columns

Our subscription costs £66, with free delivery to the UK, £34 delivery to Europe and a £54 delivery charge to the rest of the world.

Make sure you SUBSCRIBE NOW.

You can snap it up pre-match via our eBay account too - BUY HERE.

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FAMILY FUNZONE

Our in-form Villa Ladies team will be here at the Arsenal game on Saturday.

Several members of the high-flying side will be on hand at the Indoor Academy before the match to sign autographs and meet fans.

There's our England U19s quartet of Maddy Cusack [pictured], Caitlin Leach, Sarah Mayling and Elisha N'Dow as well as integral claret and blue stars Hayley Crackle, Jade Richards, Katy Moran and Olivia Fergusson.

Their arrival is all part of the pre-match excitement as Villa Park hosts another family funday.

Enjoy the build-up to the game by checking out a host of free activities in the Villa Park Indoor Academy from midday.

Some of your favourite free activities - from inflatable assault courses to face painting - will be present once again, while there is also a chance to meet the mascots Hercules, Bella and Chip.

What's more, if you missed out on our Kit Launch Festival, our current collectible kit launch cards - featuring Ron Vlaar, Gabby Agbonlahor and Fabian Delph - will be available while stocks last.

Disabled entrance access at the front - or on the road side - of the Indoor Academy.

BETTING

BetBright matchday odds:

Villa to win - 10/3
Draw - 11/5
Draw half time/Villa full time - 8/1
Villa to win 3-1 - 33/1
Agbonlahor first goal and Villa win 1-0 - 55/1

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HOLTE PUB PROMOTIONS

Drinks company Kopparberg are hosting special promotions at the Arsenal match on new lines - as well as current choices.

This takes place in the Holte Pub pre-game and post-match - between 1pm and 6pm.

Drinks will be £3.50 each and there is a 3 for £10 deal available throughout the afternoon.

This includes current flavoured favourites - strawberry, lime and pear - and promotional newbies.

If you're a cider lover, don't miss this great offer.

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LIVE COVERAGE

Villa's match console is the ultimate place to be to follow the game with Arsenal.

Tune in and be part of the claret and blue conversation.

You can join us from midday.

Access our MATCHDAY CONSOLE.

Before the game starts, the match console will also contain pre-match analysis, interactive polls and a free video package previewing the game.

During the match itself, you can follow the action and interact with Paul Brown and Dan Harrison in the match console.

Paul and Dan will bring you blow by blow action as the game unfolds as well as the thoughts of fans logging-in from all over the planet.

After the game, the match console contains a game report, manager's verdict, stat pack and a picture gallery.

You can boost the coverage of the game in the subscription-only area of the match console.

Here, you can enjoy live audio commentary, with Jack Woodward joined by Tony Morley on the microphone throughout the 90 minutes.

Also, in our subscription area, you get a video interview with the star names from the game and extended highlights too.

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By @AVFCOfficial 19th September 2014