Arsenal v Aston Villa Preview: The Run-In!

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So Villa return to football after unforeseen circumstances meant that our fixture with Bolton Wanderers was postponed.

However, it doesn’t exactly return with a kind fixture as we travel to the capital to take on Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side at the Emirates.

We may have the best record at the Emirates with 8 points from a possible 15, but we will all remember our last visit there when we threw away a two-goal lead in the FA Cup to lose 3-2.

The home side are currently on a very impressive run, and find themselves sitting 3rd in the league – a position some of there fans wouldn’t of even thought about just a month ago.

I am forever hearing Talksport’s Adrian Durham comment on Arsenals lack of trophies, but I am sure that most clubs would be more than happy to be in the position that the Gunners find themselves in each season, including Adrian’s beloved Peterborough and more importantly my Aston Villa.

We currently find ourselves 10 points above the bottom three, but with our run of games coming up, we would be stupid if we wasn’t looking over our shoulders and watching results from other fixtures.

Never the less, the ball is in our court and it is us who are currently safe, so it is down to us to make sure we keep it this way.

I have been impressed recently with our performances as I felt we were more the Aston Villa we love in the first half at Blackburn, and the whole game against a inform Fulham side.

Today won’t be easy and Arsenal will be clear favourites, but I hope we can go to North London with a nothing to lose attitude and give a good account for ourselves. I know Arsenal have the own ambitions and targets, but to be honest I couldn’t care less about them. All that matters is our Premiership survival and then hopefully a much better stronger season next year.

Team news

Arsenal: Arsene Wenger will most likely name the same team that come away from Goodison Park on Wednesday night with a 1-0 win over Everton.

Abou Diaby could find himself on the bench following a run out for the reserves in mid-week.

Francis Coquelin (hamstring), Jack Wilshire (ankle) and Per Mertesacker ankle all remain in the treatment room.

Aston Villa: Just like Arsene Wenger, Alex McLeish will hope to be able to name the same side that beat Fulham at Villa Park last weekend however there is a question mark over Charles N’Zogbia who has a knee injury.

Ciaran Clark (knee) is close to returning to training, but today’s game will come to early for the Republic of Ireland international. Darren Bent (ankle), Richard Dunne (collarbone), and Fabian Delph (ankle) remain on the injury list.

Quick Statistics

Venue: Emirates Stadium, North London.
Tickets: Sold Out
Kick Off: 15:00 GMT
Last Corresponding Meeting: Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 2
Did You know: Villa are the only team to not score from a corner this season.
Referee: Phil Dowd
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Adam Watts, Darren Deadman (4th Official)

1 COMMENT

  1. I’m dosed with the cold and feel a bit like the fourth official… All the same, I will head to the Emirates hoping Villa go at them from the off and prove to be the banana skin in Arsenal’s current good run. Stranger things have happened.

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