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Arsenal to miss out on Villa youngster

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has made it clear that defender Matt Lowton is not for sale. This in turn might prove to be a setback for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has been thinking about signing the 23 year old this summer.

Lowton who was signed for a measly £2million from Sheffield United last summer, has been a good investment for Lambert and one of the most impressive players for Aston Villa this season. The right back has made 36 appearances for the Villans scoring 2 goals and providing 3 assists, which includes a stunning 40 yard volley against Stoke City.


Paul Lambert certainly does not want to let go of the youngster, who could be an excellent long term prospect for Villa. “It becomes frustrating if you do have to lose ones when you’re trying to build. At the end of the day, the decision is my own if I let people go. That would always be the case,” said Lambert, when confronted with questions about the availability of Lowton.

The Aston Villa boss, who is en route to building a strong foundation for Villa, has recently expressed his desire to extend the contracts of Lowton and Ashley Westwood.

Meanwhile, Wenger has been troubled by the consistency of his present team, and the intermittent exits of key players. Arsenal struggled in defence in the first half of the season and their strike-force hasn’t been all that potent either. With the injury prone Bacary Sagna the next big name set for an exit and Carl Jenkinson being the only proper right back in store, Wenger does need to find a replacement soon. The duo have shared Premier League game duty this season, with Sagna getting the nod on a regular basis when fit.

Wenger has cash to spend this summer, but needs to ensure that he strengthen's the right areas of the squad to make the Gunners a potent force in English football once again.