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Wenger backs Villa to make a hasty return to the Prem.

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ARSENE Wenger reckons a club of Villa's size should be able to make an immediate return to the Premier League.

After the defeat at the Emirates Stadium, the Arsenal boss said: "Villa should normally stay for just one year in the Championship.

"It's a club who will be sold, I've heard. It is down to who will buy the club and how quickly, what will be the technical policy of the club and how much investment there will be.

The players lot of credit efforts. It's and we take chin but I was Eric "It's also down to how you recover mentally because most of the time it is very difficult to cope, especially a club who is not used to going down.

"It will also be about how quickly the club can renew the squad and adjust."

Arsenal wrapped up their season by beating Villa 4-0 again - the same scoreline that ended the visitors' FA Cup dreams in the final at Wembley almost 12 months ago.

Villa's caretaker boss Eric Black reckons his side were hard done by, though.

"I thought we contained them for a good 80 minutes," he said. "We had a couple of enforced changes before the game.

"We had two international players who have come out the back five.

"We've asked two midfielders to play in there and I thought they coped admirably.

"I thought they worked extremely hard. Having conceded a goal so early on, you fear the worst as I'm sure most did.

"But we stuck at it and, not only that, I thought in the second half, there was a period where we got Arsenal slightly on the back foot, which doesn't always happen.

"The players deserve a lot of credit for their efforts. It's a 4-0 defeat and we take that on the chin but I thought it was harsh, to be honest."

Jordan Lyden faces an anxious wait to determine the extent of the knee injury sustained in the defeat.

deserve a for their a 4-0 defeat that on the thought it harsh. Black The young Australian was handed only his second Premier League start at the Emirates but was forced off in some distress in the 75th minute.

Black insisted it was too soon to make an accurate assessment when he was asked after the game.

The 20-year-old suffered rotten luck last year when a hamstring injury thwarted his progression into the first team.

But after fighting back, he went on to be the outstanding performer for the Under-21s this season and also broke into the senior squad.

"The players deserve a lot of credit for their efforts. It's a 4-0 defeat we take that on the chin but I thought it was harsh.

Eric Black


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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 16, 2016
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