Arsenal travels to rock-bottom Aston Villa in the early Premier League kick-off on Sunday hoping to maintain touch with the leading pack at the top.
Villa find themselves bottom of the Premier League after winning just one of their top-flight games this season. The Villans only league win came on the opening game of the season at top-flight new boys Bournemouth. Villa’s current 14-game run without a win is the longest in the history of the club.
Last time out Villa did end a run of defeats with a very creditable 1-1 draw at Southampton, which they will hope will lift spirits at the beleaguered Midlands outfit.
One of Villa’s biggest problem is scoring goals, Remi Garde’s team are the joint-lowest scorers in the Premier League alongside Stoke City. The omens are not good for a Villa recovery in this clash, as the Villans have not beaten Arsenal in the last 16 Premier League meetings.
Arsenal head into this game in high spirits, after the side from north London gained the 3-0 victory they needed against Greek side Olympiakos to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. The Gunners also claimed a win in their last Premier League outings as well, winning 3-1 against Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.
French striker Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick against Olympiakos and has scored in his last four appearances against the Canaries in all competitions. The former-Montpellier star is also on 49 Premier League goals.
Gunners ‘keeper Petr Cech is just one clean sheet away from David James’ Premier League record of 169.
Aston Villa will welcome back young midfielder Jack Grealish to the senior squad after being dropped to the under-21 side. The Villans saw versatile Leandro Bacuna and striker Rudy Gestede go off injured against Southampton. Defender and captain Micah Richards is a major doubt for the clash.
The Gunners injury crisis has not eased in recent weeks. Alexis Sanchez, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are the most recent casualties. The key trio are joined on the sidelines by Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck and Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal are the favourites to record a win in this clash at odds of 4/7, the draw is odds of 16/5 and Villa are odds of 11/2 to take maximum points from this clash.
Arsenal has to fancy their chances of taking home maximum points away from the Midlands with the Villans currently struggling to pick-up points.
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