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So Impressive: Watch Video & Gallery of How Partey and his team-mates prepared for Villa clash

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Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard leaded Arsenal final training as Mikel Arteta’s men put through their paces at the club’s London Colney training based on Friday morning.

The Gunners were back out on the grass at club’s training based following their Tuesday’s defeat at Wolves, with the focus now turning towards Saturday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Mikel Arteta & co. will be aiming to back to winning ways after their unbeaten run form in the Premier League ended in mid-week as they suffered defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderer at Molineux stadium.

The Gunners are just nine points off the top four and winning against Aston Villa this afternoon will boost their hope of qualified for next season European competitions.

And ahead encounters with Villa, who sitting 9th position in the league standings with 32 points, Mikel Arteta & co. are handed an huge boost with goalkeeper Maty Ryan, who joined Arsenal from Brighton on six-month loan took major part during Friday’s trained at club training session.

Ryan has been signed up for the club’s no.2 goalkeeper but a minor hip injury ruled him out of Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat against Wolves – and a likely debut as a substitute.

Alex Runarsson was the substitute goalkeeper to replace Leno when the German No.1 was given his marching orders and the Iceland international is expected to leading starting position against Villa, according to reports by Mikel Arteta on Tuesday.

But since Ryan is return to first-team training on Friday morning, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed the Australian stopper is line to make his Arsenal debut against Villa this afternoon.

Arteta also confirmed left-back Kieran Tierney, who established himself as one of the key members of Arsenal’s squad, set to miss this weekend’s trip to Aston Villa.

The influential left-back has not played for the Gunners since the middle of January when they beat Newcastle United 3-0 at the Emirates stadium.

It was hoped the former Celtic ace would be pushing for a return to action against Villa this weekend, but late on Friday night the Gunners confirmed he would be absent from Mikel Arteta’s side.

Kieran is continuing to be assessed for discomfort in the right lower leg and is unavailable for Saturday’s match.’

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has admitted that club-record signing Nicolas Pepe is in his best run of form since joining Arsenal but still needs guidance to improve his game.

The Ivorian star has struggled to make a lasting impression at the Emirates Stadium following his £72million arrival from Lille in August 2019.

He has not been an automatic starter despite the price tag and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has previously called on the 25-year-old to add more consistency to his game.

Pepe now appears to be doing that – his fine strike in the 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Tuesday evening was his third goal in his last four Premier League starts.

The 25-year-old has stood up at just the right time, with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missing three games as his mother suffered from “health issues”.

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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.

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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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