Douglas Luiz fires Aston Villa warning at Man City and Arsenal ahead of Premier League fixtures

 

Aston Villa face both Manchester City and Arsenal at Villa Park in the Premier League this week.

Douglas Luiz celebrates a goal for Aston Villa earlier this season.
Douglas Luiz is relishing the clashes with Manchester City and Arsenal.

Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz has set a target of beating both Manchester City and Arsenal this week ahead of the Blues' visit to Villa Park on Wednesday evening.

Villa, who drew 2-2 with Bournemouth on Sunday, are currently fourth in the Premier League table, just one point behind third-placed City and four points behind leaders Arsenal. Unai Emery's side have enjoyed a fantastic start to the campaign, winning nine of their first 14 league games.

Emery's troops' strong start to the season has been built on a fabulous home record, which has seen them win each of their opening six league games on their own patch. Villa, in fact, have won each of their last 13 league outings at Villa Park, last failing to win at home when they lost 4-2 to Arsenal, who will visit B6 on Saturday, back in February.

Firmly in the shake-up for a top-four finish this season, Luiz, who spent two years on City's books without making a single appearance, is confident he and his teammates can derail Arsenal's and City's title aspirations. Pep Guardiola's side will make the trip to the Midlands determined to halt a three-game winless run in the league.

"It's the most difficult game you can play in the league," said Luiz, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. "We need to train hard and try to keep what we are doing at home. We can win.

"We are so confident at home and we believe we can win. We need to keep this at home, where we are so strong. We need to train hard because the week is so difficult. But we can win.

"We are so excited for these two games. They are important for us. We are near the top of the table and need to focus this week and try to win both games."

Villa, for the most part, have been relentless, at Villa Park since Emery took charge just over a year ago, turning into one of the most feared grounds to visit on the Premier League circuit.

Luiz added: "I believe so much in the group. We have a good coach. We're doing a good job at the moment. At home we are so strong.

"Away we need to improve a little bit and then I believe we can stay at the top of the league. We need to play all the games. We know it is so difficult and we need to keep going."

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