Arsene Wenger comments on Aston Villa’s survival chances

Aston Villa are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels it’s still too early to write off struggling Aston Villa and throws his weight behind fellow compatriot Remi Garde, he told the club’s official website.

The Gunners recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Villa, with goals coming virtue of Olivier Giroud’s penalty after just eight minutes and an Aaron Ramset tap-in shortly before half-time.

The defeat leaves Villa at the foot of the table with just six points from 16 matches, eight points behind Norwich City who currently occupy the spot immediately above the drop zone.

It’s not looking good for the West Midlands outfit, yet Wenger feels Villa can still survive and believes the club’s board should give Remi Garde time to turn things around.

“Every year we have seen teams survive that were there before Christmas and we would say ‘they have absolutely no chance.’ This year one of them was Leicester so it is not a lost cause,” Wenger said.

On Garde, Wenger added: “His team looked in good spirit with good cohesion and they are a bit short of confidence. But I believe he has done a good job here.”

“The people that are in charge here have worked at Arsenal and already knew him. I think he will do a good job and he needs to be given time here.”

Villa’s incredible winless run of 15 league matches is a top-flight record for the club, and interestingly at this stage they’re only one point better off than that record breaking Derby County side.

While the Villa Park outfit will undoubtedly pass that infamous 11-point margin, their chances of survival look extremely slim unless they make some important additions in January.

A lack of creativity in the final third is telling, while the club could also do with a dominant midfielder to share the burden and take the pressure off the likes of Idrissa Gueye and Carlos Sanchez.

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