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Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his team’s first goal  in the  Premier League match against Newcastle at St James Park. Oli Scarff/AFP

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Manchester United’s Dutch manager Louis van Gaal:  his side face an important home clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

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Liverpool and Arsenal could meet in FA Cup final. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

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Aston Villa fans on the pitch after their side’s 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over West Bromwich Albion. Photograph: Reuters

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Christian Benteke of Aston Villa scores their second goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

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Victor Moses celebrates after his late penalty gave Stoke a 2-1 win over Aston Villa, consigning Tim Sherwood to defeat in his first game as Villa boss. (Photograph: Reuters / Darren Staples)

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New Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has said Christian Benteke is vital to his side’s hopes of Premier League survival. (Photograph: Reuters / Alex Morton)

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Shay Given produced a vintage display to keep Aston Villa level in the first half of their FA Cup fifth round tie with Leicester City. Photograph: Seán Dempsey/AFP Photo

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Shay Given rolled back the years with an outstanding save to deny Matty James during Aston Villa’s 2-1 FA Cup fifth round win over Leicester City. (Sean Dempsey/AFP/Getty Images)

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