Are The Gunners going to have no problems against The Villains?

Last updated: May 10, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 3pm
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWDWD
Away form: DLLLL
Last season: 5-0
Competition: The Premier League

Arsenal showed an excellent performance against Manchester City last Sunday, finishing with a 2-2 draw. Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez found the net for The Gunners. Now Arsene Wenger’s players have the opportunity to be runners up in The Premier League if they take the three points against The Villains.

On the other hand, Aston Villa finally won a point. They finished with a 0-0 draw against Newcastle United and almost sent The Magpies into The Championship. With this result they put an end to a run of 11 consecutive defeats in The Premier League. However, the last time Aston Villa recorded a victory was on 6th February when they beat Norwich 2-0 at Villa Park.

Arsenal have lost against Aston Villa at home on 23 occasions in 88 games. But The Gunners have recorded 5 consecutive victories against The Lions. Arsenal haven’t conceded a goal in their last 4 matches against Aston Villa, bagging 14 goals in the Villains net. Olivier Giroud has scored 5 goals in the last 6 matches between these two teams. So, the Frenchman will be the biggest threat to Aston Villa’s defence.

Team News

Per Mertesacker has a hamstring problem, so the defender is going to miss the last match of the campaign for The Gunners. He has made 24 appearances in The Premier League this season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the other injured player in Arsenal’s squad. The Englishman is going to recover from his injury in July.

Rudy Gestede is suffering from a groin strain, so he will be sidelined. The forward has scored 5 goals for Aston Villa in 32 matches.

Veretout, Kieran Richardson and Jordan Amavi are also injured for The Villains. Richardson is suffering from a calf muscle strain and will miss the match against Arsenal.

Expected line-ups:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Gabriel, Koscielny, El Nenny, Ramsey, Sanchez, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud.
Subs Gibbs, Cazorla, Iwobi, Ospina, Walcott, Coquelin, Welbeck.
Injured: Mertesacker, Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Not available:
Aston Villa (3-5-2): Bunn, Toner, Clark, Lescott, Hutton, Gueye, Bacuna, Westwood, Sanchez, Sinclair, Ayew.
Subs Lyden, Grealish, Charles Gil, Richards, Adama Traore, Guzan, Cissokho.
Injured: Richardson, Amavi, Veretout, Gestede.
Not available:

So far this season

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Arsenal this season Aston Villa this season
3 League Position 20
11 (8) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
4-0 vs. Watford Biggest win 2-0 vs. Norwich
4 (7) (at home) Draws (away) 5 (3)
3 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 12 (14)
0-4 to Southampton Biggest Defeat 0-6 to Liverpool
Giroud, Sanchez (13) Top scorer Ayew (7)
Ozil (18) Assist Leader Veretout (5)
Y40, R4 Discipline Y74, R3
8 Failures to score 17
17 Clean Sheets 6
16 Both Teams to Score Games 17
18 Over 2.5 Games 17
19 Under 2.5 Games 20
  • The Lions have been drawing at half time and losing at full time in 5 of their last 6 Premier League games away from Villa Park.
  • The Gunners are undefeated in their last 9 league games. But Arsene Wenger’s players won only 4 of these matches (3 of which were at home).
  • There has been the option of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ in Arsenal’s last 3 Premiership games at The Emirates Stadium.
  • The Gunners need just one point to be sure of taking part in the group stage of The Champions League. But if they win, Arsenal can even take 2nd place in the standings.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
13/12/15 The Premier League Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal O. Giroud (PG) 8′
30/05/15 The FA Cup Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa T. Walcott 40′
01/02/15 The Premier League Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa O. Giroud 8′
20/09/14 The Premier League Aston Villa 0-3 Arsenal M. Özil 32′
13/01/14 The Premier League Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal J. Wilshere 34′