Sep 20, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Villa Park
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Paul Lambert blames virus for Aston Villa's defeat to Arsenal

Paul Lambert, manager of Aston Villa gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on January 18, 2014
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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert blames a virus affecting his players for the absences and performance in their 3-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has described how a virus sweeping through his camp disrupted his team's preparations ahead of their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal this afternoon.

A weakened Villa side conceded three goals in four first-half minutes to set the Gunners on their way to a win, and despite a good second-half performance by captain Gabriel Agbonlahor, they were never able to get back into the game.

Lambert told reporters after the game: "You try to play everything down but Ashley Westwood was being sick in the warm up and Andreas Weimann was getting it during the game. Nathan Baker and Darren Bent were also out with it.

"To play Arsenal you need everyone fit. The players have been brilliant so far this season and if somebody had said we would have 10 points by this time I would have taken it.

"We are probably going to let the lads stay away for a couple of days. The staff have got it as well. I don't know what kind of virus it is but it is certainly doing its job."

Despite the result, Villa remain third in the Premier League table.

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