Villa will be the underdogs heading into the game and while he’s wary of the threat that Arsenal possess through some very good attacking players, he’s also stressed that his team have individuals who can hurt the Gunners.
“We have respect Arsenal for their talents. We know Alexei Sanchez is an extraordinary talent. They have Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud can score goals. They have talents all over the field. But so have we. We have players who can hurt them,” he said.
“There is no point shackling our players and taking it on the chin until we get knocked out. I don't think our fans want to go there and watch that.”
Aston Villa showed in their semi-final at Wembley against Liverpool, that they are not afraid of going up a very good team on the grand stage of Wembley.
They controlled that game well during key periods and Sherwood allowed the strengths of his team to go about their business, rather than the side’s only focus being muting the attacking threats of their opponents.
Hopefully Villa can get onto the front foot against Arsenal and stay there. It’ a risky approach to go toe-to-toe with Arsenal, but Sherwood effectively has little choice.
If he instructs Villa to go about their game looking to sit deep and pinch a goal on the counter attack, there’s every reason to believe the Gunners will eventually pick them off because of the talent they have in midfield and up front.
It’s certainly shaping up to be a very open and exciting game.