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Mikel Arteta says Mesut Ozil is best for Arsenal in a central role

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Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has praised Mesut Ozil's performance against Aston Villa and revealed that he plays best when in a central role...

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Mesut Ozil praises Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for win over Aston Villa

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Mesut Ozil has praised Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for changing the team's tactics for the win over Aston Villa at the weekend. The former Real...

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Arsene Wenger praises Mesut Ozil’s performance for Arsenal against Aston Villa

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised the performance of Mesut Ozil during the 3-0 win over Aston Villa. The German playmaker has come under fire...

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Arsene Wenger: Danny Welbeck is no Thierry Henry

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Arsene Wenger has played down comparisons likening striker Danny Welbeck with Arsenal's all-time record goalscorer Thierry Henry with e...

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Arsene Wenger credits ex-Man Utd striker Danny Welbeck after he scores for Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has praised Danny Welbeck after he scored his first Arsenal goal for the club in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa at the weekend. The...

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How Welbeck and Ozil will make Arsenal awesome!!

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Can Welbeck and Ozil Be Arsenal's Costa and Fabregas? by AT Looking back at Arsenal's rather comfortable win against Aston Villa, I noticed that two Arsenal players really stepped up to the plate and answered their critics. Mesut Ozil conducted the orchestra to great effect and came away with a goal and an assist, and [.

The REAL reason Ozil has been out wide for Arsenal?

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Poor old Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal boss cannot do right for doing wrong it seems, even with the Arsenal fans who are supposed to support him. It has not quite reached the Alan Pardew stage yet, with fans printing thousands of leaflets demanding his sacking, but if the Gunners had not managed to win at [.

Top five conclusions: Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal

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1. This was an important win for Welbeck and Ozil to answer critics Pressure has been building on Wenger after a woeful display from his side against...

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Arsenal are Back in Business.

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For people like me who believe that we have the right man for the job as manger then today was particularly satisfying. Arsenal's win over Aston Villa vindicates Wenger's tactics, his signings and his team selection and sends those involved in the mini meltdown, which took place as a result of loosing our first game since April, scurrying to collect their toys they were oh so quick to throw out of the pram in the week.

Do Arsenal need adversity to thrive?

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It is no exaggeration to say that Arsenal were really under pressure to produce something at Aston Villa today, with a woeful display in Dortmund meaning that Arsene Wenger and a large number of his players coming in for some fierce criticism from us fans and the football media in general. But it should be [.

Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal – Mesut Finds His Mojo As Gunners Blitz Villans (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal Premier League 20th September 2014

Arsenal bounced back from their 2-0 Dortmund defeat by comfortably outclassing Aston Villa on Saturday.

Mesut Ozil, a player who has been the subject of much criticism this season, finally produced a performance worthy of his talent with the German scoring the opener before setting up Danny Welbeck to open his own Gunners' account.

Tactical Review: Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal

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Aston Villa tactics Paul Lambert may have made few changes from the side that started at Anfield last week but his overall plan was different. In...

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Video GIF Danny Welbeck goal vs Aston Villa 2014 Welbeck’s first Arsenal goal

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Video GIF Danny Welbeck goal vs Aston Villa 2014 Welbeck's first Arsenal goal is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This Danny Welbeck goal vs Aston Villa (VIDEO GIF BELOW) saw the former Man Utd striker score his first league goal in Arsenal colours in their game against Aston Villa on [.

Video: Mesut Ozil scores for Arsenal vs Aston Villa

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Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has bounced back from recent criticism in perfect fashion by opening the scoring in today's game...

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Mesut Ozil keeps his place for Arsenal, starts vs Aston Villa

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#Arsenal team to play Aston Villa: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck Arsenal...

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Aston Villa vs Arsenal Preview and Predicted Lineups

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Saturday's match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Villa Park is a matchup of two out of the three undefeated clubs in the Barclays Premier League (the other is of course league-leading Chelsea). While the two clubs both have yet to lose in league play so far this season, they have done so in different ways.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 5: Starting Lineups, TV Times and Open Thread

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It's a beautiful Saturday. And we have six Premier League matches in store that will be played across England and Wales today. Expect protests at St James' Park against Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley. Expect a feisty match between Aston Villa and Arsenal, and much more.

For viewers in the United States, the games will be shown on:

Saturday, September 20:

QPR vs Stoke, 7:45am, NBCSNand NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Clive Allen
Aston Villa vs Arsenal, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Trevor Francis
Burnley vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Dean Sturridge
Newcastle vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra andselect movie theaters nationwide; Jonathan Beck & Davie Provan
Swansea vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Brian Little
West Ham vs Liverpool, 12:30pm, NBC and mun2and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

Starting lineups:

Queens Park Rangers:Green, Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Traore, Barton, Mutch, Fer, Kranjcar, Vargas, Austin

Subs:McCarthy, Phillips, Onuoha, Henry, Dunne, Hoilett, Zamora

Stoke City:Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Pieters; Whelan, Nzonzi; Diouf, Adam, Moses; Crouch

Subs:Sorensen, Huth, Muniesa, Arnautovic, Sidwell, Assaidi, Bojan

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa are enjoying a dream start to their English Premier League season, and the Villans sit in second place in the league through four matches. Led by Guzan's play in goal, and an improved defense that has allowed just one goal so far this season, Aston Villa are riding high after beating Liverpool last week.

Ox to step up?

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Well, the fans have giving the team a good kicking this week, we can only hope they pass it on to Aston Villa this afternoon.

We are always unlucky about meeting a team as they are in good from and today is no exception. Given last season's miserable performances it was more likely that Lambert would be sacked rather than make his young team into the formidable opponents they will be post kick-off.

Premier League Gameweek 5: Five Things To Watch Out For

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Premier League Gameweek 5: Five Things To Watch Out For - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Premier League table is still some way from starting to take shape, but there are some extremely intriguing fixtures this weekend that may set the tone for the season ahead.

Here are five things to watch out for this weekend:

1) Clash of the Titans at the Etihad:

The two firm favourites for the title, Manchester City and Chelsea, go head-to-head at the Etihad Stadium in the last game of the weekend on Sunday.

Wenger Defends Under-Fire Ozil

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has launched an impassioned defence of under-fire midfielder Mesut Ozil, insisting that the German World Cup winner should not be used as a "scapegoat" for Arsenal's 2-0 Champions League defeat away to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

"Why should he be a scapegoat?

Photo: Arsenal training ahead of Aston Villa clash

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.@Arsenal prepare for #AVFCvAFC... http://t.co/5c2isNd3gc pic.twitter.com/CflvxwxRlF Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 19, 2014 Arsenal...

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Time for Arsenal to unleash the Ox? He’s ready!!

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One of the most noticeable things about the way Arsenal struggled against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night, and there were plenty of them, was that we looked like we had much less energy than the Germans. They seemed faster and fitter all over the pitch. Arsene Wenger could not really explain why that was and [.

Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction

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Aston Villa vs Arsenal: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal return from their defeat in Dortmund to travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Gunners were convincingly beaten by Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night in their opening UEFA Champions League group stage match.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Four games, three cleansheets. Brad Guzan and Aston Villa have gotten off to a dream start in the Premiership season, but will have to dig deep this weekend in order to extend their undefeated run to five games.

Divided But Not Yet Conquered

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I struggled this week to muster up the courage to sit and write about the Arsenal. Not because my love for the team has wilted, butbecause there isn't much to write that won't utterly piss off at least half the fan base. A step further, I'm not necessarily worried about..

Preview: Aston Villa vs Arsenal

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Aston Villa will hope to extend their brilliant start to the season when they take on Arsenal at Villa Park. The Gunners usually get the better of...

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Arsenal must hope to outscore Aston Villa on Saturday!

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Match Preview: Aston Villa At Villa Park Arsenal fans may still be upset with Tuesday's Group D Champions League defeat against Borussia Dortmund. However, this coming Saturday's league tilt against Aston Villa offers the Gunners a great chance to get our title credentials back on track. While not viewed as a contender in the EPL, [.

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US Soccer Players: Tough Premier League losses for Brad Guzan and Tim Howard

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Brad Guzan and Tim Howard were on the losing side in the Premier League in the results for US soccer players abroad. Read More

Aston Villa’s August-September Progress Report

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Team strengths:Prior to their 3-0 defeat at home to Arsenal, Aston Villa had only conceded one goal for the season. At the beginning of the term nobody would have thought that the centre-back partnership of Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos would be as successful as it has been. Senderos' career failed to really take off in the way he would have liked and the way many had expected, always struggling to nail down a place in the Arsenal team for a prolonged period of time, some loan spells and transfers later he still hadn't lived up to his potential.

Premier League Clubs Are Benefiting From Influx Of South American Players

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European clubs have been increasingly snatching up South American players over the past few seasons.

This summer, some of the most expensive player transfers involved South American footballers: James Rodriguez to Real Madrid (£63.2m), Luis Suarez to Barcelona (£65m) and Angel Di Maria to Manchester United (£59.

Paul Lambert Bringing Roy Keane To Aston Villa Trumps All Other Summer Moves

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The summer window closed amid of a flurry of transfer activity. The loudest move was undoubtedly AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao transferring to Manchester United.

But the summer period was dotted with some other spectacular big-name moves: Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez to Real Madrid, Angel Di Maria to Manchester United and Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

Gabriel Agbonlahor Form Means An England Recall Could Be On The Cards

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When Gabriel Agbonlahor first stepped on the grass of Goodison Park at the age of 19 for his Aston Villa debut against Everton great things were expected from the Birmingham-born striker. His lightning pace and direct runs coupled with his physique and agility made him a nightmare for opposition defences.

Manchester United Want Top Newcastle Star In January

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There's news that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants to sign Newcastle United's Dutch International goalkeeper Tim Krul in the January transfer window. Tim Krul - in action at Aston Villa And it seems there are a number of clubs interested in the Newcastle 26 year-old goalkeeper, who was a hero for Holland in [.

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 4

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Liverpool has not learned the lesson thatJose Mourinho taught it, while Louis van Gaal ended his affair with the three-center back system.

The Stagnant Reds Go Marching In

Staring at screens around the world and sitting in the Kop, Liverpool fans will think back to ‘that' Sunday in late April.

Videos

Video: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his side will improve

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Liverpool will improve as the season progresses, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. The Reds lost at home to Aston Villa last weekend and have...

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Video: Christian Benteke flicks Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert’s ear during team photo

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Has Christian Benteke taken his efforts to get a move away from Aston Villa to the next level? The Belgium international was caught flicking the ear...

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The Rest

Photo: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert tries to avoid being outmanoeuvred by Roy Keane’s beard

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When Roy Keane was appointed as Aston Villa assistant manager, a lot of questions were asked about whether he was there to assist or succeed Paul...

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Aston Villa’s Joe Cole convinced Eden Hazard to sign for Chelsea

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Eden Hazard has revealed that former Chelsea star Joe Cole convinced him to join the club. The pair were team-mates at French side Lille during the...

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Ever Wondered What Aston Villa’s Entire First-Team Squad Would Look Like With Roy Keane’s Beard?

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By Chris Wright

With that in mind, here's exactly what each and every member of Aston Villa's first-team squad and staff would look like were they to be burnished with the impressive salt-and-pepper facial furniture of their assistant manager, Roy Keane...

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