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Arsenal VS Aston Villa: ONE decision that could be key for Arsenal beating Aston Villa.

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Arsenal drew 2-2 with Palace on Monday thanks to a late goal, and the Gunners put up two very different displays. Mikel Arteta's team got off to a great start, scoring early and maintaining perfect control of the tempo. However, as time passed, the Eagles re-entered the game and eventually took control.

Due to the injury to Bukayo Saka, the manager had no choice but to make a personnel and formation change, and he admits that the appropriate system would be crucial in defeating Aston Villa on Friday.


The big question is: Against Aston Villa, will Arsenal make a formation change to guarantee victory?.


Arsenal began the game against Palace in a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Thomas Partey serving as the lone defensive midfielder. However, as soon as Saka was pulled off, that strategy went out the window.


The Gunners were forced to revert to a 4-2-3-1 configuration when Mikel Arteta was forced to bring in Lokonga as a substitution. And, with Saka doubtful for Friday's encounter, the manager may be forced to revert to this basic lineup.

During the summer, Villa added some new attacking players, although Ben White and Gabriel struggled under the burden. As a result, Arteta's employment of a double pivot in defensive midfield will be appropriate.

So far this season, Dean Smith's team has scored 12 goals in the league, indicating that they have a good eye for goal. And if Arsenal merely used Thomas Partey as a defensive screen, players like Buendia and Ollie Watkins might easily exploit him.


Finally, while Aston Villa use a two-man front line, one of them is always returning to link up with the midfield, a 4-2-3-1 formation with Partey and Lokonga in the center makes even more sense.

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