Paul Lambert: 'Aston Villa have the quality to stay up'

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert's side have had 18 shots on target since last scoring in the Premier League on 20 December

Manager Paul Lambert says Aston Villa have enough quality to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season despite Sunday's 5-0 loss at Arsenal.

Villa are now two places and three points above the bottom three.

Lambert backed his current squad but said he would like to add to it before Monday's transfer deadline.

"We have definitely got enough to stay up," he said. "If we can do one or two signings then we will try. I am looking for anybody who can improve the side."

Lambert's side are now without a win in eight league games.

They have now gone 612 minutes without scoring a goal, which is the seventh-longest goalless spell in Premier League history.

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Lambert upset by Villa 'capitulation'

Villa fell behind in the eighth minute at the Emirates to Olivier Giroud's neat finish, but rallied after that to stay in the game.

Lambert's men had two decent chances either side of half-time, but the first - a close-range header from Andreas Weimann - was saved by David Ospina, and Christian Benteke fired the second wide from inside the box.

However, in the 56th minute, Mesut Ozil scored Arsenal's second goal and after that Villa capitulated with Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla (from the penalty spot) and Hector Bellerin adding further goals.

"For 60 minutes or so we were in the game," Lambert told Sky Sports. "It is disappointing, when you don't score you don't win games. You have to keep working hard in training and hopefully it turns around.

"We came into this game with confidence after last week and we have to keep our confidence up."

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