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Steven Gerrard makes honest admission as Aston Villa lose to Arsenal | Football

Steven Gerrard’s side have won just three of their last 16 top flight games (Picture: Getty)

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is under a lot of pressure after his side’s 2-1 defeat at Arsenal and has admitted he fears for his job.

After a poor finish last season and a disastrous start to the 2022-23 season, Gerrard’s side have won just three of their last 16 Premier League games, with Villa finishing 19th after five five games.

The Liverpool legend took over at Villa last year after a successful spell at Rangers in Scotland but he has not been able to repeat that since moving from club and could become the second boss to face the sack this season after Bournemouth decided Scott Parker relieved of his duties on Tuesday.

When asked in his post-match interview if he had any concerns about his future as Villa manager, Gerrard told BT Sport: “Of course I do.

“I’m really honest and self-critical about myself. I will do my job as best as I can. I’ll step up, I’ll take responsibility.

“If I stood here and told you I wasn’t worried, I think you would look at me like I was on another planet.”

Gerrard spoke specifically about Villa’s defeat to Arsenal, adding: “We worked so hard to stay in the game and to stay at Arsenal.

“I think technically they were a level above for 45 minutes. Because of our technical level, we kept giving the ball back.

“We improved a lot in the second half and had some really interesting breakaways. Douglas offers a bit of magic to get us back in the game.

“Once again we concede two goals because we didn’t understand the details of our defense properly.

“Of course the goalkeeper [Emiliano Martinez] could have been a bit better for us in the second, but he also kept us in the game for a long part.

“Right now we’re struggling to stay clean and we need to get back to basics.”

Villa are back in action against champions Manchester City on Saturday in a bid to get out of the relegation zone.

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