Arsenal legend Martin Keown on the Aston Villa situation

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Arsenal great Martin Keown saw some encouraging signs in Aston Villa’s performance against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has suggested to BBC Sport that Aston Villa can still avoid relegation from the Premier League at the end of the season.

Villa are currently second from bottom in the table with 22 points from 27 matches, level on points with 17th-placed Queens Park Rangers, who have a game in hand.

The Villans are in a wretched run of form at the moment and have lost their last seven league games, including both of the matches that Tim Sherwood has been in charge of.

The latest defeat for Villa came on Saturday, when they went down 1-0 to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park despite battling hard.

Former Arsenal star Keown saw some encouraging signs in the Villans’ performance against the Magpies and told BBC Sport’s Final Score: ”Aston Villa were unlucky today but there is something to build on. They have to believe.

“Aston Villa need the points but it's in the performances and they have to grow from the positive signs they showed today.

“I was in a Villa team that was relegated, and there is no divine right for them to stay up, even though they're a big club.”

Villa’s performance against Newcastle was not particularly entertaining, but there were certainly signs of a team working hard and trying to stop the rot.

Sherwood’s side had 51% of the possession, took 14 sots of which three were on target, and had five corners.

Scoring goals has been a huge problem for the Villans, and it is something that Sherwood needs to rectify as soon as possible.

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