Danny Murphy: This is Aston Villa's advantage for the FA Cup final

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Former England player Danny Murphy feels Aston Villa have a lot going for them ahead of the FA Cup final.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy told talkSPORT what he feels is Aston Villa’s main advantage ahead of the FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Villa will head into the final game of the season at Wembley without any fear and hopefully with their Premier League safety secured and spurring them on to achieve a good result.

Murphy feels they have a chance based on the qualities that manager Tim Sherwood has developed since he arrived at the club.

“I think the way they play and the energy they have got in the side against an Arsenal side that seem to struggle playing at Wembley for some reason will work for them,” said Murphy.

“The last couple of times they’ve played there, they have struggled to get over the line – I’m really looking forward to it.”

Villa can’t fall into the trap of trying to pile the pressure onto Arsenal with their pace and energy because the Gunners have some very good players who can make the most of the space left behind on the counter attack.

Arsenal will also look to take control of the game in central midfield, where they have some very good players in terms of protecting the ball and being creative in possession.

Villa just need to play disciplined football, utilise their strengths and take the chances when they come in open play.

If they can counter attack well and look to put some of the pressure back onto Arsenal in a sensible way, then it will be interesting to see how the Gunners respond if they start to look a little nervous at England’s national stadium.

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