Thierry Henry backs Remi Garde and Gabriel Agbonlahor, says Aston Villa can stay up

Gabriel Agbonlahor

The Frenchman is not ruling out a great escape for Aston Villa.

Not many pundits are giving Aston Villa a chance of survival in the Premier League this season. The Midlands club are bottom of the table after some awful form and Frenchman Remi Garde would have to perform miracles to keep them up.

In fairness, he has recently improved things at the club. Villa are on a good run of form in the Premier League. They beat relegation rivals Norwich City last weekend and are now on 16 points - eight behind Newcastle United in the final survival spot.

One man who does think they can stay up is former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry. Speaking on Sky Sports News earlier today (12/01/2016) he commented on the potential for Villa staying up - and highlighted Leicester as an example to look up to:

"Yes. If Leicester can win the league Aston Villa can stay up.

"I mean you have to give Remi Garde a lot of credit because for some reason he was not allowed to bring anyone in in the transfer window in a team where I think it would be great if he could have had some players along the way.

"Agbonlahor is back, I know he is not everyone's cup of tea but I think he has done well since he came on the scene and played for Aston Villa.

"If they beat Liverpool then suddenly they are back in it. I think if they beat Liverpool they will roughly have the same amount of points as Leicester did last season. Leicester did it, so why not. I think they can do it."

Henry is right in that Leicester were in a similar position this time last season, before going on a miraculous run of form to survive. Now they sit top of the Premier League.

Villa certainly have it all to do and need to pick up wins on a regular basis - starting with Liverpool on Sunday.

If they can do that then they might just be able to complete the great escape.

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