Paul Lambert admits his previous experiences in football - most notably at Celtic - have helped prepare him for the current scrap to keep Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League.

Villa will go into Saturday evening's home clash with Arsenal occupying a bottom three spot for the first time in two years since the Gerard Houllier era.

Lambert retains faith in his players to survive but is battle-hardened for the tasks ahead, and said: "I was fortunate I played for the big clubs because you tended to handle a lot of media stuff and pressure and all that."

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