"He's in a rich vein of form" - Arsenal warned ahead of Aston Villa clash

Gabriel Agbonlahor

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has spoken of Gabriel Agbonlahor's exceptional form in recent weeks ahead of their game with Arsenal this weekend.

Having struggled in the two previous seasons under Paul Lambert's stewardship, many had tipped Aston Villa to be involved in a relegation battle this season - but so far, Villa have proved many people wrong with an outstanding start to the new campaign.

After beating Stoke on the opening day of the season, Villa then drew at home to Newcastle and notched a 2-1 win at home to Hull, before a stunning 1-0 victory away at Liverpool last weekend. With just one goal conceded so far this season, Villa have been strong defensively and incredibly difficult to break down, and much of that has been down to the partnership of Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos in the heart of the back four.

However, their match winner at Anfield was striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, who notched his second in his last two games as he continues to thrive in the absence of star striker Christian Benteke. With Arsenal now in his sights ahead of their clash this weekend, Villa boss Lambert has warned the Gunners that the 27-year-old forward is in great form.

"Gabby is in a rich vein of form. He's playing really well," said Lambert. "And it's not just his goalscoring! I think when you play against Gabby, you've either got to be really quick yourself or be really, really strong.

"He has every attribute a footballer would love - speed and power. He's got that. He has two in two now. He's certainly a hard player to play against. He's doing great. He's scoring and playing well. That's the main thing I am interested in," added the Scot.

This has to be something of a concern for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, as Per Mertesacker regularly struggles against pace whilst Laurent Koscielny can hardly be called the strongest centre half around. With Agbonlahor in his best form since around 2009 when he was linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal will have to be disciplined and try to keep him quiet at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

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