Gabby Agbonlahor says Aston Villa would struggle to recover if Martin O'Neill was to leave for the England job.
"It would be very upsetting if he left - that's why it was so good hearing the gaffer say he would turn down England if they asked him."
O'Neill's man-management skills are inspiring a push for Europe and Villa almost snatched a point against Arsenal with a spirited second-half fightback.
"He gives us confidence before games and seems to get the best out of us," added Agbonlahor. "The gaffer told us at half-time to have belief and that's what we tried to do and I think Arsenal were very scared of us."