Sherwood: I know exactly what Arsene Wenger will throw at us

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has suggested Arsenal are predictable ahead of the FA Cup final.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood explained at his press conference ahead of the FA Cup final that he knows exactly how Arsenal are going to play.

Sherwood is confident that his team can cause an upset this weekend, but is wary of the talent and attacking options the Gunners have, which could be the difference over the course of the important game.

“I believe we're going to get a performance like we put in against Liverpool. We intend to take the game to them - We've been underdogs all season. We need to relish that,” he said.

“I have a lot of respect for Arsene Wenger. He sticks to his philosophy. I know exactly how he'll play. He's a good guy, very successful and I've got nothing but respect for him.”

Arsenal are relatively predictable but they are very difficult to play against nevertheless.

Wenger likes his teams to play possession based football, controlling the ball and gradually wearing down their opposition with attacking pressure.

It’s important that Aston Villa pounce when they are given a chance to win the ball back and work hard out of possession because there could be long spells of the game where they don’t see possession.

Villa need to try and force Arsenal into changing their game plan and then seize a chance to get ahead in the game while that change is taking place.

Villa can’t sit back because they will eventually get picked off, but Sherwood will know the importance of setting up properly to absorb pressure during key spells of the game.

There will be two key periods of the game for Villa; the start and then late on, as the fatigue starts to kick on.

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