Aly Cissokho reflects on 'special' win over Liverpool ahead of Arsenal clash

The left-back put in a fine display at his old club on Saturday evening.

Aston Villa left-back Aly Cissokho has said it was a 'special match' for him at Anfield on Saturday as Villa left with all three points with a 1-0 win courtesy of an early strike from Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Cissokho spent last season on loan at Liverpool from Valencia but was surplus to requirements at the end of the season, and put in a fine defensive display along with the rest of his teammates to help Villa reach second in the Premier League in the early stages of the season.

He told the Aston Villa TV station: "It was weird at Anfield in our last game. It was a special match because only a few months ago I was with them.

"But for me, it was all about getting the win with Villa. We did well.

"It was the first big game in this run for us. We won and we are second in the table now with 10 points after four games. This is very good.

"We played all-together at Liverpool. We knew it was going to be hard because they are very good team. But we played with confidence.

"All our free-kicks and corners were dangerous. We scored early and then we defended as a team."

Up next for Villa is another testing game against Arsenal, but they have reasons to be encouraged on this difficult run of fixtures as they face an Arsenal side struggling with defensive injuries, and were comprehensively brushed aside by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League this week.

Paul Lambert's men will also take heart from the positive result they got against the Gunners last season at the Emirates Stadium when they took all three points, and came close to snatching a point in the game at Villa Park last season, but lost out 2-1.

After Arsenal, Villa face Chelsea, Manchester City, and Everton. Their record against the top sides last season was pretty impressive. Some may find it surprising if they take points off the big clubs, but manager Paul Lambert seems to get his side up for these encounters.

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