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Guzan rallies Villa team-mates

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan is happy to pass up a sunshine break in favour of plotting the club's survival bid.

Several of Villa's relegation rivals have taken the advantage of a free weekend to do some warm-weather training in Dubai.

However, Guzan has no complaints at not going away to warmer climates, insisting they are using the free weekend to focus on how they can beat Arsenal next time out.

"I remember a few years back we went to Dubai and I don't think our results were great after that, if I'm being honest," Guzan told the Daily Star.

"I know it helps you get a bit of a suntan, but other than that we know there will be plenty of time in the summer to relax.

"In this league you very seldom get a week off, with the amount of games.

"So for us it's a chance to get back on the training pitch, continue to improve and make sure we're ready to face Arsenal.

"There's nothing specific but we need to continue to get better in all areas on the pitch, whether it's finishing or defending.

"We want to be helping each other push on because the last few months have been tough times - but we can all come out from it a lot stronger."