Arsenal had already lost three times consecutively in these fixture previously. Back to back defeats against Dean Smith side last year is not something Arteta at this moment wouldn't give him a headache.
Despite the Villa side coming into tonight's game at the back of double loses to both Spurs and Wolves respectively. Meanwhile the Spaniard will be without the Swiss International Xhaka who continues to recover from a knee injury.
But Saka is back despite that heavy kick by Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur last Monday night and. With the aim of keeping another clean sheet the Gunners have maintained the same players in the last line of defence.
With Aaron keeping his place between the sticks as usual while Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes and Tierney have been regulars in the back line now. Both Sambi Lokonga and Thomas Partey have been tasked with midfield duties with Rowe ahead of the duo.
The former Pep number two has an attacking trio of Aubemayang, Saka and Lacazette while Odegaard and Pepe have been dropped to the bench. As Nuno, Leno and Elneny continue to warm the bench. A win for the Arsenal team will take them above there immediate opponents by four points.
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