BBC pundit highlights a key element missing at Villa; Collymore agrees

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Aston Villa were defeated 2-0 by Arsenal on Sunday.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown says Aston Villa lack inspiration and desire at the club, telling BBC Radio Five Live how they look certain to go down this season.

Villa currently sit bottom of the Premier League table, without a win in 15 matches and seemingly drained of confidence as they find themselves eight points adrift of Swansea City in 17th position.

They began the encounter with Arsenal in tentative fashion and as soon as Olivier Giroud opened the scoring after eight minutes Villa never projected the idea that they could actually hit back.

Commenting on BBC Radio Five Live, Keown says the club simply lacks inspiration in their fight against the drop while former player Stan Collymore concurs on social networking site Twitter.

“This is an Aston Villa team that is really struggling though," Keown said. "There doesn't seem to be much inspiration or desire around this club anymore, and at the moment they are looking certain to go down."

Villa’s current return of just six points from 16 matches is among the worst ever recorded at this stage of the season, and their 15-game winless run has already set an unwanted club record.

The next four weeks could ultimately decide the club’s fate this season with trips to fellow relegation candidates Newcastle United, Norwich City and Sunderland on the horizon.

Villa need to beat the teams that are currently just above them as further defeats will only extend the gap between themselves and safety.

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