Arsenal at Villa Park, Pires to play, question of the day and the banker bet

It was Megan Fox or a picture of Robert Pires and it is too early for a bloke older than me

Not a rumour in site today, it is just football and that is just the way I like it on a Saturday morning and seeing as I want to keep the day interesting, I'll be having a bet on the 3pm matches and my banker bet for the day will be below.

If you follow this bet, you will be happy this evening and you'll be toasting me with a beer in the pub tonight, I'm that convinced.


So, with no rumours anywhere, we are going to focus on the football, because we have a game we can win today and it would be a very good win.

But before we get to the football, the manager has also confirmed that he is keeping tabs on Rangers keeper Allan McGregor as a potential replacement for Brad Friedel and he has also confirmed that he will be taking a proper look at Guzan, but for that to happen, I think he is going to need some Premier League football and I hope he gets his chance.

The manager has hinted that Pires will play today but I have a feeling it won't be from the start as the manager has acknowledged that Pires doesn't have the legs for ninety minutes he had a few years ago.

Gerard Houllier
He has got an eye for a pass, good movement, intelligence, he was free. I'm not stupid. I know he has not got the same legs as four or five years ago. But he has got all the qualities and also he can help because we have a team of players who are spinning things around, rushing around everywhere. They play without fear and sometimes I think he will bring a bit more calm to the game.

When the rumours of Pires coming to us started in October I thought it a good idea, much for the same reasons that the manager has suggested above. He has qualities and the younger players will learn from him, although I suspect Barry Bannan could also teach him a thing or two.

Question of the day

This isn't directly linked to Aston Villa but it does follow on from the Robert Pires bit above. I don't think Pires has the legs for the Premier League week in week out, but we accept that and he will play the last twenty or thirty minutes, probably of most games and he might even get a run out every now and then from the start. But does David Beckham?

I ask because it was all over the BBC today that David Moyes is interested. So the question of the day is, is David Beckham good enough for the Premier League and by that we mean; can he put in ninety minutes week in week out at this level or do you see any club interested in him to be more interested in the shirt sales?

Banker bet of the day

I'm not a big fan of Premier League betting these days; it is too unpredictable. I usually focus on the Champions League as it is a little more predictable, but to keep my day interesting, I'm having a tenner on Manchester United, Everton and Bolton and if those three win, I'll walk away with over £30 in my pocket, thanks to Paddypower.

Click here if you want that bet, but be quick as the odds will shorten and if you follow my prediction and place a bet, remember to toast me tonight with a smile.

Aston Villa v Arsenal

As soon as we get team news, we will update this page and we will be Twittering all day and updating with anything news worthy relating to the match.

So, for a couple of hours I'm going to kick back, but then the football starts and if we play like we did against Manchester United, we can win this match and I have a feeling it will be all about balance; left footed on the left and right footed on the right, but we will see.

Team News

Gabbyb is ill, Pires starts as does Carew. I feel sorry for The Fonz.

Brad Friedel, Luke Young, Richard Dunne, James Collins, Stephen Warnock, Robert Pires, Barry Bannan, Ciaran Clark, Stewart Downing, Ashley Young and John Carew.

On the bench: Stephen Ireland, Nathan Delfouneso, Brad Guzan, Habib Beye, Jonathan Hogg, Eric Lichaj and Chris Herd.