Alan McInally: I'm impressed by the way Tim Sherwood has rattled cages at Aston Villa

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Former Aston Villa striker Alan McInally feels his old club have a good chance of beating the Gunners in the FA Cup final.

Former Aston Villa striker Alan McInally told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he’s been impressed by the way Tim Sherwood has shaken things up at the club.

The Scot has suggested that for his old side to taste success in the FA Cup final against Arsenal at the end of this month, they need to take a leaf out of Swansea’s book, with the Welsh side beating the Gunners 1-0 at the Emirates earlier this week.

“Arsenal didn’t play badly, but Swansea defended well and then bagged a chance. If Villa can do that and Benteke gets a chance, there’s every chance that Villa could beat Arsenal in the cup,” said McInally.

“I think it will be quite an open game, the way Tim has come in and rattled a few cages and said ‘this is what I expect from you’ he’s certainly got a response, there’s no question about that.”

Villa certainly have the players who can get the better of Arsenal over the course of 90 minutes in any game on neutral turf.

They have to defend effectively and professionally over the course of 90 minutes, because Arsenal have a set of players who are more than capable of controlling possession and building pressure, as they look for a way to unlock a stubborn defence.

Villa manager Tim Sherwood will most likely get his team to focus on their strengths and how they can use them to their advantage on the counter attack.

The main game plan against Arsenal is likely to be based around getting the ball into the feet of Christian Benteke as quickly as possible and using the pace the team has in wide areas.

Do both of those things effectively and Aston Villa could have a very happy day at Wembley.

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