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Arsenal will 'have sleepless nights' over Benteke

Benteke is back on form. Credit: PA

Ashley Westwood has warned Arsenal they should be having sleepless nights before facing Christian Benteke.

The midfielder has backed the striker to terrorise the Gunners in Saturday's FA Cup final.

Westwood believes Benteke has his fear factor back after struggling for form and fitness before Tim Sherwood's arrival, following an Achilles injury over a year ago.

He said: "I'm sure he does. I think he's back to full fitness now, he was struggling with his Achilles early on and people didn't see that, they just expected him to walk back in and fire in the goals.

"But he's back to his best now, bullying defenders and I'm sure they'll have sleepless nights, they won't want to be playing against him.

"We know how good we are, if we play like we can do we can match anyone. We've got internationals throughout the team, Fabs (Fabian Delph) and Clevs (Tom Cleverley) are on form, Christian is a real handful for anyone, I'm sure they'll be having sleepless nights about him."


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Benteke wants to stay at Aston Villa - Sherwood

Tim Sherwood is "convinced" star striker Christian Benteke wants to stay at Aston Villa next season.

Speculation over Benteke's future remains despite his agent recently pledging his commitment to the club.

Christian Benteke has been linked with a number of clubs. Credit: PA

"Christian is only a young man but he's very mature in the way he behaves," he said. "I think he's handled the situation well.

"I have no reason to believe he wants to seek employment elsewhere. He seems to be very happy here and this morning, at training, he was smiling.

"He knows there are big games coming up in Sunday and the cup final and I think he wants to be at this football club. I'm convinced of that."

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