What the papers say: Game on! Villa collapse narrows Arsenal's top four race to three points

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The Sun - Bac us to swallow them up
BACARY SAGNA insists Arsenal are primed to Gun down Aston Villa in their duel for a Champions League spot.

The Daily Mirror - Manchester City target Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger has been identified by Manchester City as their first choice to replace doomed Mark Hughes.

The Daily Mail - Walcott asks Arsenal boss Wenger for FA Cup return
Theo Walcott has told manager Arsene Wenger that he is ready to make a dramatic return to the Arsenal squad for Sunday's FA Cup tie against Burnley.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has set his sights on catching Aston Villa in the race for a Champions League spot - after admitting recent failings in front of goal have ended their hopes of challenging for the Barclays Premier League title.

The Times - Elano sparkles as Villa start to stumble
The “big four” are so called for a reason, as Aston Villa are starting to find out. Having looked on course for a top-four finish for much of the season, Martin O’Neill’s team are steadily allowing their grip on a Champions League qualifying place to slip, defeat last night giving Arsenal further encouragement in what is fast becoming a compelling test of nerve.

The Independent - Sagna sure Arsenal can catch Villa
Bacary Sagna is adamant the Arsenal players never lost faith in their strikers to deliver goals despite the recent drought. And Sagna believes Arsène Wenger's team are capable of catching fourth-placed Aston Villa and securing a Champions League spot.

The Guardian - Are Arsenal going backwards under Arsène Wenger?
Two former Arsenal midfielders discuss whether Arsène Wenger's emphasis on youth and the team's lack of midfield depth are holding the Gunners back.

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