In days gone by when you saw the team line-up, you’d look to see if a certain player had been passed fit or what slight tactical selections had been made, and then think, depending on who Villa were playing, “Ah, we’ve got a chance here” or “we should win this”. I can’t remember the last time I had those thoughts. Now, it doesn’t matter who’s on that team sheet, the general consensus is this squad is simply not good enough.

Why? Is a question you need to aim at the likes of Tom Fox and Paddy Reilly, who chose the players (and the former manager Tim Sherwood).

Six points from 16 games. That’s three games off the half-way point in the season, which is both a disgrace and an embarrassment. We’ll discuss this situation later, as I’m sure other media and Villa blogs will, but in the meantime, here’s five reasons to be cheerful as Aston Villa fans…

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3. HE’S ONE OF US

Why didn’t anybody tell me¬†Olivier Giroud was a closet Aston Villa fan? Is it a recent thing? Maybe it’s because Villa signed a few¬†French players and got a French manager?

What the hell am I talking about? Well, it was a big surprise to see him at Villa Park during the Arsenal game mocking the Blues with the infamous 5-1 hand signal.

Former Villa striker John Carew, who used to cherish the gesture, will be most proud of him.

 

It’s just a shame that Giroud didn’t help Villa out with an own goal like he scored against Sunderland in Arsenal’s previous league game; then we could have called him ‘Agent Giroud’.