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Aston Villa: Steve Bruce Drops In For Pre-Match Kebab While Wearing Full Training Kit (Photo)

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"Onion rings or chips? Onion rings or chips? ...Both"

Good on Steve Bruce, for thinking nothing of preparing for today's Championship clash against Preston at Villa Park with a nourishing pre-game kebab; the food of kings.

Indeed, the Aston Villa manager was apparently spotted scouring the menu in a local fast food shop on the morning of the match, while wearing his full training gear.

Aston Villa: Stiliyan Petrov Returns To First-Team Training Four Years After Leukaemia Diagnosis (Photo)

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Now for some real good news. For the first time since being diagnosed with acute leukaemia four years ago, Stiliyan Petrov is back training with the first team at Aston Villa.

The club had previously confirmed that Petrov was part of the squad they took to Austria for a fitness camp earlier in the month.

Stiliyan Petrov Wants To Come Out Of Retirement And Play For Aston Villa Again, Four Years After Cancer Diagnosis

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Stiliyan Petrovhas revealed that he's harbouring serious ambitions of rejoining Aston Villa as a player next season after successfully overcoming leukaemia.

Petrov was reluctantly forced to announce his early retirement in May 2013 after being diagnosed the previous March, but since getting the all-clear the Bulgarian scrapper has been busy building his fitness back up, firstly with his local over-35s Sunday League team and subsequently by training with the Villa Under-21 side.

Rickie Lambert: I almost joined Villa

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Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert sayshe came "very close" to signing for Aston Villa on transfer-deadline day, only to pull out at the last minute as he refused to throw in the towel on his Reds career.

Since joining boyhood club Liverpool from Southampton last summer for £4m, the England international has struggled to make an impact, making only 10 starts in all competitions, scoring just three times.

Evans: We should have beaten Villa

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Manchester United draw 1-1 with Aston Villa yesterday after Radamel Falcao equalised following a first half goal from Christian Benteke.

Jonny Evans, who was at fault for the Villa goal, has spoken of the team's frustration at not getting all three points in a game that they dominated.

We felt we should have gone on to win, especially with them going down to ten men.

Reactions to United’s victory over Aston Villa

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1. Well that was a relief. Not just three points in the bag but United actually looked like a half decent side again. I made the trip to Aston today and wasn't entirely sure what I had in store for me. We're so hit and miss, that you genuinely couldn't rule out us absolutely thrashing Villa, or getting absolutely thrashed by Villa.

English Premier League

Why Arsenal face much happier week than Man City

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The results were the same this weekend for Arsenal and Man City but the circumstances were very different. After the way they lucked their way to all three points against Swansea, Man City should start marketing their own brand of jam. A wrongly disallowed goal and a horrible deflection were really harsh on the Welsh [.

Fabian Delph applauds Manchester City fans after hearing boos at Villa Park

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Fabian Delph believes Manchester City fans protected him after his first return to Aston Villa.

The midfielder ran the Villa Park gauntlet in Sunday's 0-0 draw as he faced his former club following his controversial summer move.Delph initially rejected the chance to join City before producing a dramatic U-turn and signing for £8 million.

Fabian Delph applauds Manchester City fans after hearing boos at Villa Park

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Fabian Delph believes Manchester City fans protected him after his first return to Aston Villa.

The midfielder ran the Villa Park gauntlet in Sunday's 0-0 draw as he faced his former club following his controversial summer move.Delph initially rejected the chance to join City before producing a dramatic U-turn and signing for £8 million.

Aston Villa complete signing of Adama Traore from Barcelona for £7.3 million

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Aston Villa have completed the signing of Adama Traore from Barcelona.

The 19-year-old has penned a five-year deal, Aston Villa announced in a statement, and the transfer fee could rise to from an initial 10 million euros (£7.1million) to 12 million euros (£8.6million) if certain clauses are met.

Aston Villa complete signing of Adama Traore from Barcelona for £7.3 million

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Aston Villa have completed the signing of Adama Traore from Barcelona.

The 19-year-old has penned a five-year deal, Aston Villa announced in a statement, and the transfer fee could rise to from an initial 10 million euros (£7.1million) to 12 million euros (£8.6million) if certain clauses are met.

Is Tim Sherwood the right man for struggling Aston Villa?

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Following the sacking of Paul Lambert last week, Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has acted quickly and appointed former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood as the new man in charge at Villa Park. Tim Sherwood is known for his slightly unorthodox method of management and his willingness to give youth a chance, in this piece I am going to investigate whether he is the right man for the job at Aston Villa.

Is Tim Sherwood the right man for struggling Aston Villa?

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Following the sacking of Paul Lambert last week, Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has acted quickly and appointed former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood as the new man in charge at Villa Park. Tim Sherwood is known for his slightly unorthodox method of management and his willingness to give youth a chance, in this piece I am going to investigate whether he is the right man for the job at Aston Villa.

Tim Sherwood says taking the Aston Villa job was a ‘no brainer’

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New boss Tim Sherwood wants Aston Villa to lose the fear factor and called taking the job a "no-brainer".

The 46-year-old was unveiled at Villa Park on Monday after signing a deal until 2018 to replace the sacked Paul Lambert.

Sherwood watched Villa beat Leicester 2-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday and went into the dressing room at half-time to deliver a team-talk with the score 0-0.

Tim Sherwood says taking the Aston Villa job was a ‘no brainer’

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New boss Tim Sherwood wants Aston Villa to lose the fear factor and called taking the job a "no-brainer".

The 46-year-old was unveiled at Villa Park on Monday after signing a deal until 2018 to replace the sacked Paul Lambert.

Sherwood watched Villa beat Leicester 2-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday and went into the dressing room at half-time to deliver a team-talk with the score 0-0.

Villa preview: Let’s make it 5 wins in a row

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This is the second attempt at starting this morning's blog. I had written a couple of hundred words about the last time we played Villa at home – coincidentally with the same referee at the helm – but then I realised what happened back then was irrelevant (and it was bringing up some unpleasant memories and nobody needs to start their Sunday morning like that).

Carles Gil Completes £3.2million Move to Aston Villa

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Aston Villa have completed the signing of Carles Gil from Valencia.

The midfielder, who can play on either flank or behind the strikers, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park.

The deal had hit a late snag over agents' fees on Tuesday but Villa have confirmed their first January capture.

Carles Gil Completes £3.2million Move to Aston Villa

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Aston Villa have completed the signing of Carles Gil from Valencia.

The midfielder, who can play on either flank or behind the strikers, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park.

The deal had hit a late snag over agents' fees on Tuesday but Villa have confirmed their first January capture.

BFG tells Arsenal fans they CAN believe!!

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Mertesacker: Resilient Arsenal Will Continue to Compete by AT Despite football pundits continuing to be skeptical of Arsenal's chances of clinching the Premier League title this season, it seems as though those within the club are quietly confident of pulling off an 'upset' and coming away with the title in May.

Improved and impressive but Arsenal will NOT win title say pundits!

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Pundits in Praise of Arsenal's Resilience, But Still Skeptical of Title Chances by AT Despite yet another gritty victory in the Premier League, it seems as though Arsenal are still far from favourites to clinch the title in May. Arsene Wenger's side prevailed over Aston Villa on Monday night through goals from Jack Wilshere and [.

Villa boss puts pressure on Arsenal and suggests repeat of opening day defeat

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Arsenal have lost just three Premier League games so far this season, away to both of the Manchester giants and, strangely enough, at home to Aston Villa. A lot has changed for the Gunners since that opening day disaster, but there is still a small element of concern that Villa might be able to get [.

Draws for Aston Villa and Sunderland

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Brad Guzan's Aston Villa and Jozy Altidore's Sunderland pick up a point in the Premier League as the holiday schedule continues. Read More

Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool, Gameweek 16: Open Thread

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The pressure continues to mount on Premier League managers today as David Moyes, Chris Hughton and Andre Villas-Boas will be looking for their sides to win today to take pressure off their shoulders with mounting expectations.

With Arsenal's defeat yesterday and the Premier League title race opening up, Manchester United have an opportunity to close the gap between them and the league leaders with a victory against Villa today.

Arsenal may lose Benteke unless they bid in January

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It seems like Arsenal may be forced into the transfer market for the Aston Villa and Belgium striker Christian Benteke in January, or risk seeing the talented 22-year old move somewhere else. Reports of interest from other clubs are getting more regular, and there could well be a transfer tussle for Benteke when the transfer [.

Fenerbahce does not disguise Arsenal’s disaster of a summer

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The story of a Gunner. by Trishit

You may remember me as the guy who wrote a super optimistic article about Arsenal's summer transfer dealings. Well, I am back and I am not that optimistic. We were thrashed 3-1 by Aston Villa where I believe luck had no part to play for either of the teams.

Wenger cannot change, so Arsenal have to….

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Business as Usual for Arsenal by Uche

Arsene Wenger, the gift that keeps on giving (to our opponents). Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City must be loving this man. With Wenger in charge of Arsenal, they are guaranteed of one thing. Arsenal will never do enough to challenge for the title, so don't worry about them.

Wenger’s ability to develop Ramsey, Ox and Wilshere could save Arsenal

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How Wenger develops young midfielders part 1 by KJ

There is a lot of negativity surrounding Arsenal at the moment and rightly so. We've yet to bring in a proper signing and with all our injuries, we may be forced into playing a midfield trio of Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere against Villa on Saturday.

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Predict Arsenal’s FA Cup Final score and win a JustArsenal T-Shirt!

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So the big Cup Final against Aston Villa is nearly upon us, so this will be your last chance this season to win one of my fantastic JustArsenal T-Shirts. This Final one is being sponsored by our friends over at bestbettingsites.org.uk who are definitely worth visiting if you fancy a bet on the Cup Final.

Should Arsenal challenge Liverpool for Benteke transfer?

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Although many Arsenal fans are no longer calling for Arsene Wenger to sign another striker in the summer, largely due to the excellent form of Olivier Giroud since the France international returned from injury, there are many, including the former Gunner Thierry Henry, who want the manager to bring in more firepower.

Forget Costa – this is the striker Arsenal need!

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One top striker already on the plane to Chelsea, are Arsenal really going to compete to sign a world class striker or is there a better option? I'm by no means writing this as a negative post but with so few world class strikers available and so many teams in need, is it reality to [...]

Did Arsenal blunder bigtime by not signing David Villa?

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Arsenal could have signed Villa by Stefan

For the past several months Arsenal were linked with a move for former Barcelona player David Villa who has recently sealed a move to Atletico Madrid. The media was certain that we were the most interested club but we never fought for him which made everybody think twice.

Season 2012-13

Spurs Catch Villa With Their Pants Down

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Last night Spurs cruised to an easy win against Villa in the League Cup. Four goals, all of them good but the first was a peach, Defoe delicately heading in Holtby's delightful chip, delivered with the touch of a major-winning golfer that took out the entire defence in a single moment.

One theme of the blog this season has been the club's development in the safe hands of Villas-Boas, now that he has the unequivocal backing of his chairman.

Spurs Catch Villa With Their Pants Down

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Last night Spurs cruised to an easy win against Villa in the League Cup. Four goals, all of them good but the first was a peach, Defoe delicately heading in Holtby's delightful chip, delivered with the touch of a major-winning golfer that took out the entire defence in a single moment.

One theme of the blog this season has been the club's development in the safe hands of Villas-Boas, now that he has the unequivocal backing of his chairman.

The Rest

Instant Replay thinks that wasn’t a penalty

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On closer look Villa went down without contact.

Seattle Sounders fans may feel hard done once again by PRO. This time it came after Robert Sibiga called Oniel Fisher's tackle on David Villa a penalty in the 51' minute of their 2-1 defeat at the hands of New York City FC this past weekend.

The replays showed that Fisher got all ball and at worst, NYCFC should have received a corner kick.

This pisses me right off.

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Everybody can praise Tim Sherwood if they wish, you will not see me doing it. He rescued Villa this season just like Poyet "rescued" Sunderland two seasons back - as in, a squad that had no business being near the bottom decided they wanted to keep their paychecks. Gosh, too bad the clearly superior and more athletic Guzan was never a Blackburn teammate of the manager.

Jones: Rooney is our leader and we all follow him

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Wayne Rooney's teammates have been singing his praises over recent weeks, particularly following the inspirational speech he gave to them ahead of the fantastic display against Spurs a few weeks ago.

Phil Jones has joined in with claim Rooney is a fantastic captain, pointing to his talk ahead of the victory over Villa.

Report: New York City FC lining up move for Villa

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By IVES GALARCEP

From the moment New York City FC became an MLS expansion team, it was clear the club's big-money ownership would spare no expense on building a top squad. According to a fresh report from Spain, we just might be finding out real soon how far the club is willing to go in building a powerhouse.

Will Vucinic be another David Villa saga for Arsenal?

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One of the big transfer rumours doing the rounds about Arsenal in January concerned the Ju8ventus and Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic. If the stories were true, Arsene Wenger was trying to get the 30-year old on loan until the end of the season, in order to help boost the injury depleted Gunners squad, especially after [.

Sp*rs preview as Villa blow title race wide open

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The importance of a North London derby in itself is without question. In recent seasons they've taken on extra significance due to our battle with that lot for the top four. They've actually had something to play for.

Today is similar. There are just 6 points between us, although we do have a game in hand, but after yesterday's results we've got a chance to push back towards the top of the table and involve ourselves well and truly in the title race.

Tigres UANL: El caso de Villa

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Emanuel Villa llegó a Tigres para el C2013, en medio de un gran revuelo por su llegada a la institución, comenzó a hacerse muy querido por la afición apenas llegando.

En números del presente torneo, disputó solamente 377 minutos, las lesiones le fastidiaron la campaña y lo mantuvieron en la tribuna o sentado en la banca, viendo cómo Pulido lo estaba opacando y cómo con esfuerzo, dedicación y trabajo Alan estaba convirtiéndose en el referente de ataque felino.