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Arsenal Predicted Line-Up Against Aston Villa

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Arsenal were playing some fine football since the start of the new year but once again their graph seems to have dipped, failing to pick up a win their last two Premier League matches. After drawing against Manchester United, everyone thought the Gunners would be back to winning ways in midweek. But instead, they slumped to a 2-1 loss at the hands of Wolves as Arteta saw two of his players sent off. Arsenal did show promise during the first-half against Santo’s side and Arteta will be hoping his players can show the same rhythm this weekend when they face Aston Villa, away from home.

The North London side go into this matchweek with just 31 points from their first 22 games and if they fail to pick up a win on Saturday then they could once again slip down to the bottom half of the table. Arsenal team news vs Aston Villa: Bernd Leno picked up a red card during the second half against Wolves meaning Arteta will have to rely on his backup keeper this weekend. Arsenal have signed Mat Ryan last month but the player is still recovering from an injury and remains a doubt for the Villa game. If Ryan cannot be fit in time then Runarsson will have to play in goal – something which Mikel Arteta does not want.

David Luiz’s red card appeal has fallen into deaf ears meaning the defender will not be available this weekend so Gabriel will now get a chance to come back into the side and play alongside Rob Holding.

Kieran Tierney has still not fully recovered from his calf injury meaning Cedric Soares could once again get the chance to play at left-back. Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka will take up their usual place in central midfield but it will be interesting to see if Arteta decides to play Odegaard in attacking midfield or does the manager keep his faith on Emile Smith Rowe. Aubameyang came off the bench in midweek but the Gabon international will be named in the starting line-up against Villa on Saturday.

The return of Aubameyang means Nicolas Pepe will move to the bench as Bukayo Saka is more or less a guaranteed starter on the right wing. Lacazette will play up front. Arsenal’s predicted line-up vs Aston Villa:

Predicted Starting Line-up: Runarsson; Gabriel, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Saores; Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe/Odegaard; Aubameyang, Lacazette, Bukayo Saka.

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Livestream: Arsenal vs Villarreal CF

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Villareal Is Defending Everything Arsenal is throwing their way, Will Arsenal break their wall an bang in goals, it a question that needed an urgent response from the Gunners..

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Arsenal vs Villarreal – Line-Up, Formations Kick Off Time Confirmed

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It’s One Of The Most Entertaining Game Of The Season, One That Will Renew Arsenal Champions League Hope Next Season, Or Mar It.

Team News Is In:

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Just In: Arteta backs “hungry” Auba, Emery wary of his former “killer”

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Mikel Arteta says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “hungry to do something” after returning to full fitness following a bad encounter with malaria.

After ending the last campaign as the club’s FA Cup-winning hero, the 31-year-old club captain, fresh from signing a big-money contract extension, was supposed to be the talismanic figurehead as his manager’s project stepped up a gear. It hasn’t worked out that way.

While 15 goals and 3 assists are nothing to sniff at, our striker’s goal tally is way down on what Gunners fans have been used to since he joined from Dortmund in January 2018.

With teammates not exactly picking up the slack, the lack of killer instinct has cost the team dearly on the domestic front and hopes of qualifying for the Champions League now hang by a thread.

While a number of factors have played a part in Auba’s hit-and-miss performances – off-field issues and a lack of creativity around him certainly haven’t helped – Arteta believes his striker is in the mood to put things right.

“You know Auba’s character, he’s someone really lively, always joking, always smiling,” said the boss ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg with Villarreal.

“He had a difficult season so many of us as a club and a staff try to support him as much as possible the way that the team did as well.

“When he had some personal issues they were right behind him. As I said before football gives you an opportunity. He’s in a good place right now and he’s very hungry to do something.”

He added: “Everything affects but you have to come through that. It’s about how you react to the difficulties in your career which you’re going to have at some stage.

“He had some this season and it’s about showing the direction and the capacity to overcome that.”

The importance of delivering on the pitch tonight isn’t lost on Aubameyang. In fairness, he’s done pretty well in big games since he joined and this is certainly one of those.

Reflecting on the job at hand, he said: “I am really excited to play this game tomorrow because it is a big game and it’s a big moment for all of us. Hopefully, we deliver again.

“For sure it will be one of [the biggest games of my Arsenal career]. Definitely this season is the most important game and we know that we have to win this game.

“It is a big opportunity for us to get to the final, we play at home and this is maybe the biggest game of my Arsenal career.”

Having worked with him for 18 months, former boss Unai Emery is certainly wary of the striker leading Arsenal’s attack.

“Aubameyang is a killer,” said the Villarreal coach on Wednesday. 

“He was, he is and he will always be. He has been through a process of being out of the team because of the illness he has had but he is back.

“He is there to work, to defend the team and give everything for the team, hoping he can perform at the top level and if that happens he is going to be very difficult to stop.

 

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