If you are aware of mythology then you may well be familiar with the story of Samson, an exceptionally strong hero of the Israelites who had tremendous physical strength.
The source of his strength came from his long, thick hair. While Samson was asleep one night, his girlfriend Delilah cut off his hair. She had tricked him into revealing where his strength came from.
Samson grew weak and the Philistines seized him. They put out his eyes and chained him to pillars in the temple of their god Dagon.
After a time Samson's hair grew back, and his strength returned. During a celebration in the temple, Samson pulled down the pillars to which he was chained. The temple collapsed, killing Samson and all the Philistines inside.
Aston Villa remind me of Samson. They appeared to have power, pace and thrived in a 4-5-1 formation. Since Emile Heskey arrived in January they have changed from a formation that served them well into a 4-4-2 and appear to have lost their powers.
I've always been confident that Arsenal would overtake Aston Villa at some stage but I wonder why Martin O'Neill would change a formation that was working so well for his side?
Arsenal are going from strength to strength and with players like Fabregas, Rosicky and Adebayor to come back will only get stronger.
The defeat against Tottenham today may leave the Aston Villa players crushed mentally while Arsenal appear to be getting into their stride, and in perfect time too.
Arsenal have an edge over Villa now. And like Samson, Aston Villa may find it's too late to regain the early season strength that they had.
Keep it Goonerish..........
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