Match Preview: Arsenal v Aston Villa

It is Sunday the 22nd of September and that only means one thing, we are back in Premier League action. We are finally back at the Emirates Stadium where we will be facing Aston Villa. It has been a long three weeks, and everyone is buzzing to be back home.

We have won our last five outings against Villa, scoring 18 goals and not conceding once along the way.

Aston Villa currently sit 18th in the Premier League, winning one, drawing one and losing three times. Villa played West Ham last Monday; where they quite frankly failed to impress. Despite their opposition going down to ten men, Villa still saw the Hammers dominate possession and concede a hefty amount of shots.

Arsenal currently sit 10th in the Premier League with the chance to jump a number of clubs if they are able to win against Aston Villa. After an abysmal performance last Sunday against Watford, where we squandered a two goal lead, we enjoyed a very successful trip to Frankfurt on Thursday where we kicked off our Europa League campaign in style; beating them by three goals to zero. This made us the first English team to beat Eintracht Frankfurt at their pod. It was very much our youth players that inspired us to the win in Germany – despite the hostile atmosphere – they were excellent.

What can we expect from Villa? Well we can expect Villa to be very defensive in pursuit to frustrate Arsenal – hitting them on the counter attack. Defensively Villa are strong but have looked vulnerable at times. They have a new keeper in Tom Heaton who is a fantastic shot stopper and very experienced; 6″2 Tyrone Mings just in front who was amazing for Villa last year and has carried that form on into the new season. Going forward they have the attacking power of Jack Grealish who will cause many problems all afternoon. They will be using the pace of Wesley up top to get in behind Arsenal’s defence.

What can we expect from Arsenal? Well the majority of fans will be hoping for a very attacking side to enable us to break down Villa. Not only that, this is an incredible chance for us to increase our goal difference, currently having scored and conceding eight. As for the team, we are still very suspect at the back. It is unknown who will be played at the back. Rob Holding is definitely in contention to start, he travelled to Germany after declaring himself fit but was not apart of the 18 man squad. Both Luiz and Mustafi put in a good shift against Frankfurt, and fans are urging to see Chambers playing CB. Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are unlikely to play after both featuring for Arsenal U23’s on Friday night against Wolves. There are alot of options for the midfield, and there are also alot of goals to be scored for the Gunners, especially considering we are playing at the Emirates. Up top, Aubameyang will start again as Lacazette is out until October, with Pepe; Nelson; Smith Rowe; Martinelli; and Saka all in contention to start out wide.

Come on Arsenal, you’ve got this!

Jack

Written by Jack Skinner ~ Insta @oooh.to.be.a.gooner

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