Aston Villa will today make their third trip down to the big smoke this season so far. This time Unai Emery and his Arsenal side welcome us as Dean Smith’s will be hoping to pick up their first points from the Capital and on the road.
Arsenal currently sits 10th in the Premier League with 2 wins and 2 draws from their opening five games. There have been no real surprises when it comes to their results so far apart from the game against Watford. The Gunners had a two-goal lead and looked in complete control only to throw it away and have to settle for a share of the points. They have scored as many as they have conceded (8) so you would expect there to be goals today.
Villa has picked up four points from a possible fifteen and will maybe look back at Mondays draw against 10-man West Ham as a missed opportunity. As I have already touched upon, this is our third visit to London this season with the other two ending in defeats. Goals are starting to become a problem for Villa so hopefully, we will see a change in our approach at the Emirates today.
Jonathan Kodjia is still unavailable with a fractured cheekbone. The Ivorian is in light training but is in non-contact training for at least a few weeks. James Chester continues to build on his fitness but the trip to Arsenal has come too soon for the Welsh defender.
Matt Targett is fit again and available for selection.
Arsenal are still without Alex Lacazette who has an ankle injury. Hector Bellerin,
Dinos Mavropanos and Kieran Tierney all played for the under-23’s against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday. It is thought they will not be included today.
WHAT DID THE MANAGERS SAY
Dean Smith: “Any team is beatable, we saw that with Norwich’s result against Manchester City.
“When you go head-to-head against anybody you’ve got to have that belief but we know how tough it is at the Emirates.
“We’ve got great belief in what our players are about and we saw with that trip to Tottenham that we can go toe-to-toe with these teams.”
Unai Emery: “I think every player can be important for us.
“Sometimes we are going to have one plan and we’ll need to change that to use different players in each match.
“We have some new players and players who we need to work with for their adaptation in the next matches. Progressively, they’re getting better.”
HEAD TO HEAD
Kick-Off: 4.30 pm
Referee: Jon Moss
Tickets: Sold out