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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Ron Vlaar: Aston Villa's improvement may convince me to stay

Defender Ron Vlaar may be fit enough to rejoin Villa against West Brom. Whether that is the best idea is something manager Paul Lambert must decide.
The arrival of Tim Sherwood has changed things for Villa defender Ron Vlaar.

Aston Villa's improvement under Tim Sherwood may yet convince defender Ron Vlaar to stay beyond the summer.

Vlaar, a target for Manchester United in the January transfer window until a knee injury forced the Old Trafford club to amend its shopping list, is out of contract at the end of June.

The Dutchman, 30, is now unlikely to join United as sights are now shifted on landing Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, which may leave Vlaar open to staying in the Midlands.

"Things have changed at the club...

Chelsea open FA Youth Cup final with 3-1 win over Man City in first leg

Chelsea took a sizeable step towards retaining the FA Youth Cup by defeating Manchester City 3-1 in the first leg of the final on Monday.

England under-18 forward Tammy Abraham scored twice and Dominic Solanke once in Manchester for the holders, who are in their fourth consecutive final and have won two of the last three.

Abraham, a London-born winger who has been on Chelsea's books for a decade, has now scored eight goals in their Youth Cup run and 36 in all competitions this season, while Solanke...

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Sherwood's attacking gambles paying off for Aston Villa, says Cleverley

Aston Villa triumphed 2-1 over Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-finals, ruining Steven Gerrard's hopes of a FA Cup final at Wembley.
Relive the best of Aston Villa's come-from-behind FA Cup victory over Liverpool with exclusive, behind-the-scenes player and crowd snapshots.

Tom Cleverley has hailed Tim Sherwood's style and said Aston Villa's attacking gambles are paying off.

The midfielder helped Villa reach the FA Cup final after their 2-1 last-four victory over Liverpool on Sunday.

Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph scored to cancel out Philippe Coutinho's opener as Villa booked a final showdown with Arsenal on May 30.

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And Manchester United loanee Cleverley reckons boss Sherwood's gameplans are allowing Villa to express themselves and clinch results.

"He has brought...

Arsenal overcome Wembley nerves to set up FA Cup final with Aston Villa

A fumble from Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici in extra time handed holders Arsenal a 2-1 victory and a place in the FA Cup final.

It's important for men of a certain age to get their rest, and now Steven Gerrard can spend his 35th birthday relaxing with the missus and the kids. He can even take them to Wembley and have a perfectly nice afternoon where nobody will care if he moves a little too slowly. There will be no anxiety about slipping on the grass or having to exhort his teammates with one of his Churchillian "We go again" orations. And best of all, he won't have to worry about his birthday being ruined by Arsenal.

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Growing Sanchez-Ozil partnership a good sign for Arsenal

A fumble from Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici in extra time handed holders Arsenal a 2-1 victory and a place in the FA Cup final.

Arsenal's victory over Reading at the weekend was expected but not easy. It means the Gunners have a chance to win a record 12th FA Cup when they meet Aston Villa on May 30th.

The 2-1 win over Reading has thrown up some interesting talking points though, three of which I'll cover here.

1. Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil find the right wavelength

A few weeks ago Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker spoke of "automatisms" -- referring to players whose on-pitch relationships are such they they're automatically...