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Arsenal prediction, preview against Aston Villa

Timothy Aiyeku

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North London outfit Arsenal will resume hostilities in the Premier League on Sunday against Aston Villa as they seek to continue their winning run after defeating Man United and Molde in the Europa League.

Aston Villa have suffered two successive defeats against Leeds United and Southampton but they are still sitting ahead of the North London outfit on the log table. They both have that to settle when they meet on Sunday.

However, Mikel Arteta’s team will thread with care knowing that Aston Villa have a history of humiliating a big team. The humiliation of the English Premier League title holder’s by 7-2 earlier in the transfer window.

Nevertheless, Arsenal have conceded fewer goals this season, seeing just five goals at the back of their net from their last eight matches. It also includes three clean sheets.

Meanwhile, we expect manager Mikel Arteta to have almost the same starting XI from the game against Man United and that means giving room to Brazilian international David Luiz in the defence.

It is still unclear who will be given the nod between Nicolas Pepe and Willian, especially after declaring that the former Lille star must be consistent with his performance before he can play ahead of the former Chelsea star.

The space of Thomas Partey in the team is not negotiable and his partnership with Mohamed Elneny on the pitch could be seen again.

The highlight of the game is the return of goalkeeper Emi Martinez to the North London outfit after bidding farewell in the summer. This will be his first competitive game against his former side and we expect as sterling performance as usual.

Arsenal possible starting lineup:

Bernd Leno, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieren Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Bukayo Saka, Willian, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.