Sep 20, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Villa Park
Aston Villa
0-3
Arsenal

Clark (83')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Ozil (33'), Welbeck (34'), Cissokho (36' og.)
Chambers (22'), Ramsey (56'), Wilshere (84')

Paul Lambert backs "brilliant" Senderos to maintain form against Arsenal

Switzerland's defender Philippe Senderos reacts during the 2014 World Cup European zone group E qualifying football match between Cyprus and Switzerland at GSP Stadium in Nicosia on March 23, 2013
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Paul Lambert backs the "brilliant" Philippe Senderos to sustain his early-season form for Aston Villa in the visit of Arsenal.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has backed defender Philippe Senderos to maintain his early-season form ahead of facing former club Arsenal this afternoon.

The defender has emerged as a key member of Lambert's team since his Bosman move in the summer, with the Villans second in the table after conceding just once all season.

"I've always liked him as a player because I think he's been a consistent performer," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"I always thought he was a really steady centre-half when he was at Fulham. I always rated him there.

"Playing at Arsenal would have given him a really good feel. He's been consistent and he is a brilliant pro. He's very professional and he really looks after himself."

The 29-year-old, who spent six years on Arsenal's books, faces his old club at 3pm today.

Villa manager Paul Lambert gives the thumbs up against Swansea during the Premier League match on April 26, 2014
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