As Arsenal is set to host Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium tonight, all eyes are on what the outcome of the match will be. While both clubs will be looking to put in a solid performance tonight, only one will come out to if the match does not end in a draw.
Recall that Arsenal drew their last Premier League match against Crystal Palace, while Aston Villa won theirs away from home. Usually, football is a team effort. However, in each team, there are players who usually have greater effect on the outcome of a football match.
This match involving both Arsenal and Aston Villa is no different. There are some players in both teams who could have a greater effect on the outcome of the game. These players can single-handedly change the game in their team's favour.
In the build-up to tonight's match, let us take a look at 5 players who can affect the game to the team's favour.
5. Bukayo Saka.
Bukayo saka is an English youngster who is one of the best players at Arsenal now. The 2021 Golden Boy Award nominee is usually around everything positive for Arsenal in their games these days. While he has been a bit quiet of late, this match could see him shine again. Although, he is a doubt for the game due to injury, he will be aiming to be fit enough to play.
As he is aiming to follow in the footsteps of players like Casc Fabregas, he will be looking to win the award. To achieve this, he has to continue to perform. Should he do so, he could change the game in Arsenal's favour tonight by putting in a fantastic display.
4. Emiliano Martinez.
Emiliano Martinez is a former Arsenal goalkeeper who moved to Aston Villa before the start of last season. The goalkeeper on his day is one of the best in the Premier League. Coming up against his former club, the keeper can easily change the game in Aston Villa's favour by producing key saves in the game.
If he can stop Arsenal from scoring, Aston Villa will have the foundation to build strong attacking plays on. Martinez will no doubt give Arsenal strikers a tough evening, and this could see him affect the game to his team's favour.
3. Ollie Watkins.
Ollie Watkins is another Aston Villa player who affect the game to his team's favour. He now plays as Danny Ings strike partner in the Aston Villa team. Both he and the former Southampton striker will have the Arsenal defence a lot to do this night.
However, Ollie Watkins is one of the players who could greatly change the game in his team's favour. Last season, he scored three of his team's four goals against Arsenal. Should the Aston Villa star player find joy in their attacking player, you can expect him to either score or provide assists for his teammates.
Gabon striker Aubameyang is another player who could change the game to his team's favour. The Arsenal striker is the team's leading top score at the moment. He regularly finds joy in front of goal when playing at the Emirates. Only Robin Van Persie with 46 Premier League goals has scored more than Aubameyang's 42 at the Emirates.
1. Danny Ings.
Lastly, the fifth player on this list is Aston Villa striker Danny Ings. The former Liverpool and Southampton striker is very experienced. Considering that Aston Villa have won their last three games against Arsenal means they scored in those games. As a result, Danny Ings could bang in goals that could change the game in Aston Villa's favour.
Do you agree with the players in this article? Do you think I left out players who could also do the same? Let me know in the comments section.
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