Aston Villa takes on Mikel Arteta’s impressive Arsenal team in a crucial match at Villa Park on Saturday, bringing the Premier League back to life with another round of games this weekend. Aston Villa, which is 11th in the Premier League standings and has been inconsistent thus far this season, is currently in that position.
Last week, the home team lost to Manchester City 3-1, and they will need to get back on track in this game. On the other hand, Arsenal is currently in second place in the league and has performed above expectations thus far this season.
The Gunners, who also lost to Manchester City by a score of 3-1 in their previous match, have a point to prove this weekend.
Arsenal cannot afford another poor performance in this match after a brief slump in recent weeks. This week, the Gunners’ hopes of winning the Premier League were dealt a significant blow, and Mikel Arteta will need to pull a rabbit out of a hat in order to rouse his team.
Despite their ability to score on their own, Aston Villa has struggled defensively over the past week. On paper, Arsenal appears to be superior and ought to prevail in this match.
Prediction: Aston Villa 1-3 Arsenal
Arsenal has won 86 of the 200 games they’ve played against Aston Villa, compared to Aston Villa’s 69 victories, which is a good record. Aston Villa has lost their last three Premier League matches against Arsenal, ending a streak of three victories against the Gunners between 2020 and 2021.
In the Premier League, Arsenal has won 13 games against Aston Villa away from home; only West Ham United has a better record in this regard. Aston Villa has not lost consecutive league games at home since April of last year when they lost 4-2 to Leicester City at Villa Park.
Arsenal has lost their last two games in all competitions away from home, which is more losses than they had in their previous 14 games.
As Diego Carlos continues his recovery from Achilles surgery, Villa may soon have a full roster; however, he will not be ready for this game, and Jed Steer is also working his way back from a calf problem.
However, as Bertrand Traore recovers from a knee injury, he could play his way into contention, and Emery will also be able to use Tyrone Mings, who didn’t play in the loss to City because of an unknown issue.
After an underwhelming performance at the Etihad, Mings’s likely return would see ex-Arsenal player Calum Chambers drop to the bench, and Lucas Digne, who did not cover himself in glory either, could be substituted for Alex Moreno.
Concerning Arsenal, news that Thomas Partey would miss Saturday’s match against Man City because of a muscle injury was met with groans in North London. Although his absence was described as preventative, there is still a possibility that he will recover in time for Saturday’s match.
Jorginho, on the other hand, was one of the Gunners’ best players on Wednesday night and will start again if necessary. Mohamed Elneny and Gabriel Jesus are both out as they recover from knee surgeries, but Emile Smith Rowe (thigh) should be back.
Ben White ought to return here because Arteta was wrong to start Takehiro Tomiyasu against Man City. The quick turnaround will also help Leandro Trossard’s chances of starting over Gabriel Martinelli.
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