Gunners Beginning To Fire

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Arsenal v Aston Villa

Emirates Stadium, London

Sunday February 1 – 11:30pm (AEST)




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Arsenal are in search of their sixth win in nine games when they host Aston Villa on Sunday night (AEST).

Arsene Wegner co-ordinated a minor shock in the league last time out as Arsenal left the Etihad Stadium a fortnight ago with all three points. Goals from Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud sunk Manchester City to just their third loss of the season and revitalised the Gunners’ chances of a top four finish. Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil have both returned from long stints on the sidelines over the past few weeks, and with question marks surrounding Alexis Sanchez’s fitness leading up to Sunday’s clash, Wegner will look to them for inspiration. Danny Welbeck is unavailable with a thigh strain, and that could pave the way for young striker Chuba Akpom to make his second appearance of the season.

After seemingly recovering from a slow start to the season, Aston Villa again find themselves in a rough patch of form. The Lions are winless in their past seven league matches, all of which have produced two goals or less. Strikers Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor have struggled to find the back of the net this season, combining for a total of five goals this season. To put that into perspective, Arsenal’s off-season signing Alexis Sanchez has scored 12 goals already this campaign, and he’s a midfielder. With just 11 goals this season, Villa are by far the worse attacking side in the league, however somehow they sit three points above the relegation zone.       

Paul Lambert’s men are ranked outsiders to win this match, and if the history books are anything to go by, Villa are set to struggle again. The Lions have won just twice in the past 14 meetings with Arsenal, the most recent result a 3-0 loss at Villa Park.


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